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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wandering \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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wander \Wan"der\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Wandered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wandering}.] [OE. wandren, wandrien, AS. wandrian; akin to G. wandern to wander; fr. AS. windan to turn. See {Wind} to turn.]

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

wandering

adjective

1: migratory; "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}, {peregrine}, {roving}, {wandering}]

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)}, {winding}]

3: having no fixed course; "an erratic comet"; "his life followed a wandering course"; "a planetary vagabond" [syn: {erratic}, {planetary}, {wandering}]

noun

1: travelling about without any clear destination; "she followed him in his wanderings and looked after him" [syn: {wandering}, {roving}, {vagabondage}]


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