from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To engage in fanciful daydreaming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To daydream.

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

  • v. have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy


Back-formation from woolgathering. (Wiktionary)


  • Lately I find that when I know what I'm looking for, I'll order from Amazon; when I don't know what I'm looking for, Changing Hands or Bookman's are good places to go, if only to woolgather.

    What's Your Favorite Bookstore?

  • Uhura, pleased that he was now with the mission in soul as well as body, let him woolgather.


  • It seems that persons engaged in listening to something boring -- an uninspired teacher, a witness being grilled on the finer points of the fine print in a fine old contract -- begin to daydream -- to woolgather -- losing focus on the task at hand.

    Second Effort


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