American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To proceed on or along; go: wend one's way home.
- v. To go one's way; proceed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- l. To turn; change.
- To direct (one's way or course); proceed upon.
- l. To turn; make a turn; go round; veer.
- To take one's way or course; proceed; go.
- To pass away; disappear; depart; vanish.
- n. A name applied in early times by the Germans to their Slavic neighbors.
- n. A member of a branch of the Slavic race dwelling in Lusatia: same as Sorb.
- n. Obsolete preterits of ween.
- v. transitive, obsolete To turn; change.
- v. transitive To direct (one's way or course); pursue one's way; proceed upon some course or way.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To turn; make a turn; go round; veer.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To pass away; disappear; depart; vanish.
- n. obsolete, UK, law A large extent of ground; a perambulation; a circuit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- p. p. of wene.
- v. To go; to pass; to betake one's self.
- v. obsolete To turn round.
- v. To direct; to betake; -- used chiefly in the phrase to
wend one's way. Also used reflexively.
- n. (O. Eng. Law), obsolete A large extent of ground; a perambulation; a circuit.
- v. direct one's course or way
- From Middle English wenden, from Old English wendan ("to turn, direct, wend one’s way, go, return, change, alter, vary, restore, happen, convert, translate"), from Proto-Germanic *wandijanan (“to turn”), causative of Proto-Germanic *windanan (“to wind”), from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (“to turn, wind, braid”). Cognate with Dutch wenden ("to turn"), German wenden ("to turn, reverse"), Danish vende ("to turn"), Swedish vända ("to turn, turn over, veer, direct"), Icelandic venda ("to wend, turn, change"), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌾𐌰𐌽 (wandjan, "to cause to turn"). Related to wind. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wenden, from Old English wendan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The heat and air condition requirements vary between galleries, so visitors wend through different temperature zones, time periods and continents until they arrive at the exhibit's opening image: a shimmering white gown constructed out of razor clam shells juxtaposed with a blood-red dress with a bodice made of dyed microscope slides and ostrich feathers.”
“Though many of the lawyers stopped attending after Mr. Rifaat barred television cameras from the courtroom the following week, there are still more than 80 prosecuting attorneys working on the case who are trying to wend their way through the complex charges against the 10 defendants.”
“I leave them that way because it reminds me of my father," he says while we wend our way through levels of interior spaces suffused with a subaqueous light that filters through the Maison's famous glass-brick facade and spreads across the ivory rubberized floor.”
“Most drivers that wend their way down the north side of the River Thames in West London will barely have noticed them.”
“First, the radical transformation of the US economy, by whatever means necessary, then it will take years for all the constitutional challenges to wend their way through the judicial labyrinth.”
“As evening approaches, we wend our way back home, to supper, bath and bedtime stories.”
“Today's court hearing is an early step in the case against Jared Loughner that could take years to wend its way through the criminal justice system.”
“For the most part, however, readers are left to wend their way through an often beguiling maze of digression, reminiscence, yakety-yak erudition and occasional unreliability.”
“Economic stimulus money is just starting to wend its way here, and Obama has not tackled broad healthcare reform, a critical campaign promise for a region with one of the highest rates of uninsured people in the country.”
“You may never have heard of it, but this statute enabled 15 presidents to take swift action to protect Americans' lands when they were in jeopardy, without waiting for legislation to wend its way through Congress.”
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