wan·der·ing /ˈwɑndərɪŋ/ 形容詞
Wan·der v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wandered p. pr. & vb. n. Wandering.]
1. To ramble here and there without any certain course or with no definite object in view; to range about; to stroll; to rove; as, to wander over the fields.
They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins. --Heb. xi. 37.
He wandereth abroad for bread. --Job xv. 23.
2. To go away; to depart; to stray off; to deviate; to go astray; as, a writer wanders from his subject.
When God caused me to wander from my father's house. --Gen. xx. 13.
O, let me not wander from thy commandments. --Ps. cxix. 10.
3. To be delirious; not to be under the guidance of reason; to rave; as, the mind wanders.
Syn: -- To roam; rove; range; stroll; gad; stray; straggly; err; swerve; deviate; depart.
Wan·der·ing, a. & n. from Wander, v.
Wandering albatross Zool., the great white albatross. See Illust. of Albatross.
Wandering cell Physiol., an animal cell which possesses the power of spontaneous movement, as one of the white corpuscles of the blood.
Wandering Jew 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.
Wandering kidney Med., a morbid condition in which one kidney, or, rarely, both kidneys, can be moved in certain directions; -- called also floating kidney, movable kidney.
Wandering liver Med., a morbid condition of the liver, similar to wandering kidney.
Wandering mouse Zool., the whitefooted, or deer, mouse. See Illust. of Mouse.
Wandering spider Zool., any one of a tribe of spiders that wander about in search of their prey.
adj 1: (of groups of people) tending to travel and change
settlements frequently; "a restless mobile society";
"the nomadic habits of the Bedouins"; "believed the
profession of a peregrine typist would have a happy
future"; "wandering tribes" [syn: mobile, nomadic,
2: of a path e.g.; "meandering streams"; "rambling forest
paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a
winding country road" [syn: meandering(a), rambling, wandering(a),
3: having no fixed course; "an erratic comet"; "his life
followed a wandering course"; "a planetary vagabond" [syn:
n : travelling about without any clear destination; "she
followed him in his wanderings and looked after him"
[syn: roving, vagabondage]
of the Israelites in the wilderness in consequence of their
rebellious fears to enter the Promised Land (Num. 14:26-35).
They wandered for forty years before they were permitted to
cross the Jordan (Josh. 4:19; 5:6).
The record of these wanderings is given in Num. 33:1-49. Many
of the stations at which they camped cannot now be identified.
Questions of an intricate nature have been discussed regarding
the "Wanderings," but it is enough for us to take the sacred
narrative as it stands, and rest assured that "He led them forth
by the right way" (Ps. 107:1-7, 33-35). (See WILDERNESS.)