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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wonder  \Won"der\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Wondered};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Wondering}.]  [AS.  wundrian.] 
  1.  To  be  affected  with  surprise  or  admiration;  to  be  struck 
  with  astonishment;  to  be  amazed;  to  marvel. 
 
  I  could  not  sufficiently  wonder  at  the  intrepidity 
  of  these  diminutive  mortals.  --Swift. 
 
  We  cease  to  wonder  at  what  we  understand.  --Johnson. 
 
  2.  To  feel  doubt  and  curiosity;  to  wait  with  uncertain 
  expectation;  to  query  in  the  mind;  as  he  wondered  why 
  they  came 
 
  I  wonder,  in  my  soul,  What  you  would  ask  me  that  I 
  should  deny.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wonder  \Won"der\,  n.  [OE.  wonder,  wunder,  AS  wundor  akin  to  D. 
  wonder,  OS  wundar  OHG.  wuntar  G.  wunder,  Icel.  undr,  Sw  & 
  Dan.  under  and  perhaps  to  Gr  ?  to  gaze  at.] 
  1.  That  emotion  which  is  excited  by  novelty,  or  the 
  presentation  to  the  sight  or  mind  of  something  new 
  unusual,  strange,  great,  extraordinary,  or  not  well 
  understood;  surprise;  astonishment;  admiration;  amazement. 
 
  They  were  filled  with  wonder  and  amazement  at  that 
  which  had  happened  unto  him  --Acts  iii. 
  10. 
 
  Wonder  is  the  effect  of  novelty  upon  ignorance. 
  --Johnson. 
 
  Note:  Wonder  expresses  less  than  astonishment,  and  much  less 
  than  amazement.  It  differs  from  admiration,  as  now 
  used  in  not  being  necessarily  accompanied  with  love, 
  esteem,  or  approbation. 
 
  2.  A  cause  of  wonder;  that  which  excites  surprise;  a  strange 
  thing  a  prodigy;  a  miracle.  ``  Babylon,  the  wonder  of  all 
  tongues.''  --Milton. 
 
  To  try  things  oft,  and  never  to  give  over  doth 
  wonders.  --Bacon. 
 
  I  am  as  a  wonder  unto  many  --Ps.  lxxi.  7. 
 
  {Seven  wonders  of  the  world}.  See  in  the  Dictionary  of  Noted 
  Names  in  Fiction. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wonder  \Won"der\,  a. 
  Wonderful.  [Obs.]  --Gower. 
 
  After  that  he  said  a  wonder  thing  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wonder  \Won"der\,  adv 
  Wonderfully.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  wonder 
  n  1:  the  feeling  aroused  by  something  strange  and  surprising 
  [syn:  {wonderment},  {admiration}] 
  2:  something  that  causes  feelings  of  wonder;  "the  wonders  of 
  modern  science"  [syn:  {marvel}] 
  3:  a  state  in  which  you  want  to  learn  more  about  something 
  [syn:  {curiosity}] 
  v  1:  have  a  wish  or  desire  to  know  something  "He  wondered  who 
  had  built  this  beautiful  church"  [syn:  {inquire}] 
  2:  place  in  doubt  or  express  doubtful  speculation;  "I  wonder 
  whether  this  was  the  right  thing  to  do";  "she  wondered 
  whether  it  would  snow  tonight"  [syn:  {question}] 
  3:  be  amazed  at  "We  marvelled  at  the  child's  linguistic 
  abilities"  [syn:  {marvel}] 




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