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

Wander \Wan"der\, verb (used with an object) To travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to stroll through. [R.] "[Elijah] wandered this barren waste." --Milton.

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]:

wander

verb

1: move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town" [syn: {roll}, {wander}, {swan}, {stray}, {tramp}, {roam}, {cast}, {ramble}, {rove}, {range}, {drift}, {vagabond}]

2: be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?" [syn: {cheat on}, {cheat}, {cuckold}, {betray}, {wander}]

3: go via an indirect route or at no set pace; "After dinner, we wandered into town"

4: to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course; "the river winds through the hills"; "the path meanders through the vineyards"; "sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body" [syn: {weave}, {wind}, {thread}, {meander}, {wander}]

5: lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking; "She always digresses when telling a story"; "her mind wanders"; "Don't digress when you give a lecture" [syn: {digress}, {stray}, {divagate}, {wander}]


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