from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See ignis fatuus.
- n. A delusive or misleading hope.
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- n. Alternative spelling of will o' the wisp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See ignis fatuus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ignis fatuus; hence, any person or thing that deludes or misleads by dazzling, visionary, or evanescent appearances. Also will-in-the-wisp, will-with-a-wisp, and Jack o' lantern.
- n. A common fresh-water alga, Nostoc commune: so named from its sudden and seemingly mysterious appearance. See Nostoc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground
- n. an illusion that misleads
That is, the media have been chasing a will-o'-the-wisp for the better part of a year, whipping car buyers and Congress into a frenzy.
The audience is shivering, and that's not just down to Warpaint's eldritch, will-o'-the-wisp music.
Dim will-o'-the-wisp glows came from the warm globes of the street lamps overhead.
A torch light, erratic as a will-o'-the-wisp, was weaving towards him from the direction of the Grange.
I may be on the trail in this matter, or I may be following a will-o'-the-wisp, but I shall soon know which it is.
The other man of the hour at the time, former Speaker Newt Gingrich was a will-o'-the-wisp compared to Limbaugh and his staying power.
Without their steady stream of oil money to keep will-o'-the-wisp economies from sinking into the bog, they are in serious trouble.
People are "pursuing a will-o'-the-wisp if they think by just letting the dollar slide enough, the trade balance will turn around," says Ronald McKinnon,
Pauline cringes at the heartache Chick inflicted as a demanding child, obnoxious teen and brusque, oblivious adult chasing the will-o'-the-wisp of a baseball career.
The town has mown an access path into a portion of the undiscovered country, and the fragrance of the mown grass-turning-into-hay, along with clover and bedstraw/madder, and the wild roses, well, it's better than will-o'-the-wisp or the pied piper's flute for calling you to come on in, come on in...