Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who wanders; a ramble or peregrination; a journeying hither and thither.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Incoherence of speech; raving; delirium.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • a. & n. from wander, v.
  • (Zoöl.) the great white albatross. See Illust. of Albatross.
  • (Physiol.) an animal cell which possesses the power of spontaneous movement, as one of the white corpuscles of the blood.
  • (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.
  • (Med.) a morbid condition in which one kidney, or, rarely, both kidneys, can be moved in certain directions; -- called also floating kidney, movable kidney.
  • (Med.) a morbid condition of the liver, similar to wandering kidney.
  • (Zoöl.) the whitefooted, or deer, mouse. See Illust. of Mouse.
  • (Zoöl.) any one of a tribe of spiders that wander about in search of their prey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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wander +‎ -ing

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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  • 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.

    Fish Story

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

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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.

    Fish Story

  • 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.

    Fish Story

  • 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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