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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wander  \Wan"der\,  v.  i.  [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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wandering  \Wan"der*ing\, 
  a.  &  n.  from  {Wander},  v. 
  {Wandering  albatross}  (Zo["o]l.),  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 
  {Wandering  liver}  (Med.),  a  morbid  condition  of  the  liver, 
  similar  to  wandering  kidney. 
  {Wandering  mouse}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  whitefooted  or  deer, 
  mouse.  See  Illust.  of  {Mouse}. 
  {Wandering  spider}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  a  tribe  of  spiders 
  that  wander  about  in  search  of  their  prey. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  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}, 
  {peregrine},  {roving}] 
  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: 
  {erratic},  {planetary}] 
  n  :  travelling  about  without  any  clear  destination  [syn:  {roving}, 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  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}.) 

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