Definitions

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  • adj. That which wanders.
  • n. Travelling with no preset route; roaming.
  • n. Irregular turning of the eyes.
  • n. Aimless thought.
  • n. Straying from a desired path.
  • n. Disordered speech or delirium.
  • v. Present participle of wander.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from wander, v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Roving; roam ing; pursuing no fixed course, plan, or object; unsettled: as, a wandering spirit; wandering habits; a wandering minstrel.
  • A plant-name: The beefsteak- or strawberry-geranium, Saxifraga sarmentosa; locally, the Kenilworth ivy, Linaria Cymbalaria. One of two or three house-plants, as Zebrina pendula (Trades-cantia zebrina), which are planted in baskets or vessels of water, whence they spread in a straggling fashion. Z. pendula has lance-ovate or oblong leaves which are crim son beneath and green or purplish above, with two broad silvery stripes. Another sort has bright green leaves.
  • n. The act of one who wanders; a ramble or peregrination; a journeying hither and thither.
  • n. A straying away, as from one's home or the right way; a deviation or digression in any way or from any course: as, the wandering of the thoughts; a wandering from duty.
  • n. Incoherence of speech; raving; delirium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. migratory
  • adj. of a path e.g.
  • n. travelling about without any clear destination
  • adj. having no fixed course

Etymologies

wander +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • When she saw my expression wandering away from the conversation, she would touch the back of my hand with hers and smile at me with her eyes.

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  • This is one of what I call my wandering days before I fall to work.

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  • “Error” in Latin means both what it means in English, and a more literal “wandering from the path”.

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  • Her structureless wandering is supposed to form a bond between her and The Mad Hatter (a mulit-accented, multi-colored Johnny Depp), but we only know that because thee characters tell us.

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  • Ok. The above is wandering from the topic at hand.

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  • In Poland, where the moth was called the wandering death-bird, its cries were likened to those of a grief-stricken child.

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  • The water pooled and spread across the gravel parking lot before running in wandering rivulets out into the field beyond, where bright butterflies swarmed and fluttered, dabbing at the mud I was making.

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  • I persevered until page five, where the entries seemed to be wandering from the point.

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  • "Mind wandering is typically associated with negative things like laziness or inattentiveness," says lead author, Prof. Kalina Christoff, UBC Dept. of Psychology.

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