[syn: erratic, planetary, wandering]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
a. & n. from Wander, v.
Wandering albatross (Zool.), the great white albatross. See
Illust. of Albatross.
Wandering cell (Physiol.), an animal cell which possesses
the power of spontaneous movement, as one of the white
corpuscles of the blood.
Wandering Jew (Bot.), any one of several creeping species
of Tradescantia, which have alternate, pointed leaves,
and a soft, herbaceous stem which roots freely at the
joints. They are commonly cultivated in hanging baskets,
window boxes, etc.
Wandering kidney (Med.), a morbid condition in which one
kidney, or, rarely, both kidneys, can be moved in certain
directions; -- called also floating kidney, movable
Wandering liver (Med.), a morbid condition of the liver,
similar to wandering kidney.
Wandering mouse (Zool.), the whitefooted, or deer, mouse.
See Illust. of Mouse.
Wandering spider (Zool.), any one of a tribe of spiders
that wander about in search of their prey.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wander \Wan"der\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wandered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Wandering.] [OE. wandren, wandrien, AS. wandrian; akin
to G. wandern to wander; fr. AS. windan to turn. See Wind
1. To ramble here and there without any certain course or
with no definite object in view; to range about; to
stroll; to rove; as, to wander over the fields.
They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins.
--Heb. xi. 37.
He wandereth abroad for bread. --Job xv. 23.
2. To go away; to depart; to stray off; to deviate; to go
astray; as, a writer wanders from his subject.
When God caused me to wander from my father's house.
--Gen. xx. 13.
O, let me not wander from thy commandments. --Ps.
3. To be delirious; not to be under the guidance of reason;
to rave; as, the mind wanders.
Syn: To roam; rove; range; stroll; gad; stray; straggly; err;
swerve; deviate; depart.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: migratory; "a restless mobile society"; "the nomadic
habits of the Bedouins"; "believed the profession of a
peregrine typist would have a happy future"; "wandering
tribes" [syn: mobile, nomadic, peregrine, roving,
2: of a path e.g.; "meandering streams"; "rambling forest
paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a winding
country road" [syn: meandering(a), rambling,
3: having no fixed course; "an erratic comet"; "his life
followed a wandering course"; "a planetary vagabond" [syn:
erratic, planetary, wandering]
n 1: travelling about without any clear destination; "she
followed him in his wanderings and looked after him" [syn:
wandering, roving, vagabondage]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
341 Moby Thesaurus words for "wandering":
Wanderjahr, aberrancy, aberrant, aberration, aberrative, abnormal,
adrift, afebrile delirium, afloat, afoot and lighthearted, aimless,
aimlessness, alternating, ambulant, amorphous, anomalistic,
anomalous, babbling, bend, bereft of reason, bias, brainsick,
brainstorm, branching off, broken, bumming, by the way, capricious,
careening, casual, catchy, changeable, changeful, choppy,
circuitous, circuitousness, circumforaneous, corner, crackbrained,
cracked, crazed, crazy, crook, curve, daft, declination, delirious,
deliriousness, delirium, deluded, demented, departing, departure,
deprived of reason, deranged, desultoriness, desultory, detour,
deviable, deviance, deviancy, deviant, deviating, deviation,
deviative, deviatory, devious, deviousness, different, digression,
digressive, digressiveness, disarticulated, disconnected,
discontinuous, discursion, discursive, discursiveness, disjunct,
disordered, disoriented, dispersed, disproportionate, distracted,
distrait, distraught, divagation, divagatory, divarication,
divergence, divergent, diversion, dizzy, dogleg, double, drift,
drifting, eccentric, episodic, errant, errantry, erratic,
excursion, excursive, excursus, exorbitation, fast and loose,
fickle, fitful, flickering, flighty, flitting, floating,
fluctuating, footloose, footloose and fancy-free, formless,
frantic, freakish, frivolous, fugitive, gadding, giddy, gratuitous,
guttering, gypsy-like, gypsyish, hairpin, hallucinated, halting,
haphazard, herky-jerky, heteroclite, heteromorphic, hit-or-miss,
hoboism, immethodical, impetuous, impulsive, inchoate, incoherence,
incoherent, inconsistent, inconstant, indecisive, indirect,
indirection, indiscriminate, infirm, insane, intermittent,
intermitting, irrational, irregular, irresolute, irresponsible,
itineracy, itinerancy, jerky, labyrinthine, landloping,
lightheaded, lingual delirium, loco, loose, lunatic, lurching, mad,
maddened, manic, maundering, mazed, mazy, meandering, meaningless,
mental, mentally deficient, mercurial, meshuggah, migrational,
migratory, misshapen, moody, moon-struck, nomad, nomadic, nomadism,
non compos, non compos mentis, nonsymmetrical, nonsystematic,
nonuniform, not all there, not right, obliquity, odd,
of unsound mind, off, orderless, out-of-the-way, patchy,
perambulatory, peregrination, pererration, planetary, planless,
promiscuous, psycho, queer, ramble, rambling, random, ranging,
ranting, raving, reasonless, restless, roam, roaming, rough, rove,
roving, scatterbrained, scrappy, senseless, serpentine, shapeless,
sheer, shift, shifting, shifting course, shifting path, shifty,
shuffling, sick, skew, slant, snaky, snatchy, spasmatic, spasmic,
spasmodic, spastic, spineless, sporadic, spotty, staggering,
stark-mad, stark-staring mad, straggling, straggly, strange, stray,
straying, strolling, subnormal, sweep, swerve, swerving, swinging,
systemless, tack, tetched, touched, traipsing, transient,
transitory, transmigratory, turn, turning, twist, twisting,
unaccountable, unarranged, unbalanced, uncertain, unclassified,
uncontrolled, undependable, undirected, undisciplined, unequal,
uneven, unfixed, ungraded, unhinged, unjoined, unmethodical,
unmetrical, unnatural, unordered, unorganized, unpredictable,
unregular, unreliable, unrestrained, unrhythmical, unsane,
unsettled, unsorted, unsound, unstable, unstable as water, unstaid,
unsteadfast, unsteady, unsymmetrical, unsystematic, ununiform,
vacillating, vagabond, vagabondage, vagabondia, vagabondism,
vagrancy, vagrant, vague, variable, variation, veer, veering,
vicissitudinary, vicissitudinous, volatile, wanderlust, wanton,
warp, wavering, wavery, wavy, wayfaring, wayward, whimsical, wild,
winding, wishy-washy, witless, wobbling, wobbly, yaw, zigzag
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
of the Israelites in the wilderness in consequence of their
rebellious fears to enter the Promised Land (Num. 14:26-35).
They wandered for forty years before they were permitted to
cross the Jordan (Josh. 4:19; 5:6).
The record of these wanderings is given in Num. 33:1-49. Many
of the stations at which they camped cannot now be identified.
Questions of an intricate nature have been discussed regarding
the "Wanderings," but it is enough for us to take the sacred
narrative as it stands, and rest assured that "He led them forth
by the right way" (Ps. 107:1-7, 33-35). (See WILDERNESS.)