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wonder

Definitions

  • WONDERFUL VASES OF TERRA-COTTA
    WONDERFUL VASES OF TERRA-COTTA
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wonder have a wish or desire to know something "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"
    • v wonder place in doubt or express doubtful speculation "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do","she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
    • v wonder be amazed at "We marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities"
    • n wonder a state in which you want to learn more about something
    • n wonder something that causes feelings of wonder "the wonders of modern science"
    • n wonder the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE WONDERFUL DRAUGHT OF FISHES THE WONDERFUL DRAUGHT OF FISHES
The Sultan was amazed at this wonderful show of weath The Sultan was amazed at this wonderful show of weath
"ENCIRCLED ALL DAY BY A WONDERING THRONG." "ENCIRCLED ALL DAY BY A WONDERING THRONG."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sliced bread was introduced under the Wonder Bread label in 1930.
    • Wonder A cause of wonder; that which excites surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle. "Babylon, the wonder of all tongues.""To try things oft, and never to give over, doth wonders .""I am as a wonder unto many."
    • Wonder 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.""Wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance."
    • Wonder 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.""We cease to wonder at what we understand."
    • Wonder 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."
    • a Wonder Wonderful. "After that he said a wonder thing."
    • adv Wonder Wonderfully.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the cab driver in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Like."
    • n wonder A strange tiling; a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration; in a restricted sense, a miracle; a marvel, prodigy, or portent.
    • n wonder That emotion which is excited by novelty, or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great, extraordinary, not well understood, or that arrests the attention by its novelty, grandeur, or inexplicitbleness. Wonder expresses less than astonishment, and much less than amazement. It differs from admiration in not being necessarily accompanied with love, esteem, or approbation. But wonder sometimes is nearly allied to astonishment, and the exact extent of the meaning of such words can hardly be graduated.
    • n wonder A cruller.
    • n wonder =Syn.1. Sign, marvel, phenomenon, spectacle, rarity.
    • n wonder Surprise, bewilderment. See def. 2.
    • wonder To be affected with wonder or surprise; marvel; be amazed: formerly with a reflexive dative.
    • wonder To look with or feel admiration.
    • wonder To entertain some doubt or curiosity in reference to some matter; speculate expectantly; be in a state of expectation mingled with doubt and slight anxiety or wistfulness: as, I wonder whether we shall reach the place in time: hence, I wonder is often equivalent to ‘I should like to know.’
    • wonder To be curious about; wish to know; speculate in regard to: as, I wonder where John has gone.
    • wonder To surprise; amaze.
    • wonder Wonderful.
    • wonder Wonderfully; exceedingly; very.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wonder Woman was the world's first comic book superheroine. She was introduced in All Star Comics in December 1941 and created by psychologist William Moulton Marston.
    • n Wonder wun′dėr the state of mind produced by something new, unexpected, or extraordinary: a strange thing: a prodigy: a sweet fried cake—also Cruller
    • v.i Wonder to feel wonder: to be amazed (with at): to speculate expectantly
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Quotations

  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “That must be wonderful; I have no idea of what it means.”
  • Ann Landers
    Ann%20Landers
    “Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”
  • Gioacchino Antonio Rossini
    Gioacchino Antonio Rossini
    “How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers.”
  • Thomas Hardy
    Thomas%20Hardy
    “That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “What a wonderful world this would be if there were as many wise people as there are clever people.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Wonder is the basis of worship.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Dolly looked on in wondering awe, and an instant apprehension that the question here was about something real.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
By George, I knew she was a wonder when I took her off Kirkwood's hands, but she wasn't wonderful in just the way I thought she'd be.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Mr. Gordon gazed around wonderingly.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
She stopped in wonder, and thus wondering, she stood regarding her in silence.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
No wonder the afternoon seemed long.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
Daoud was gratified at their wonderment.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
It is wonderful what knowledge of character he has.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Brangwen was in a state of wonder.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Redbird wondered why pale eyes were so different and why they had so much power.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
That wonderful radiance which fills the western sky at evening touched and unburdened her heart.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
It was a wonderful sight and a wonderful day!
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
His hair was long, and I wondered at it.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
This wonderful heart accounted for the wonderful vitality of the swordfish.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Then I wondered, with a wonder that was simply agony, why no one stopped them at the edge.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
Tresler, who had been listening to the story on the outskirts of the group, eyed the newcomer with wonder.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
He wondered, and wondering he regretted something of what he had done.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
For the moment Suffering Creek wondered; then, as is the way of such places, it ceased to wonder.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
And Christine's face reflected the cry in a wonderful, wonderful smile.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Indeed, Captain Meredith did a good deal of wondering in those days.
"Command" by William McFee
Of that, too, she had wondered; there had been many lonely wonderings.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell
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In poetry:

O blessed boyhood
glimmering in the dawn,
and O wonderful time of youth
aflame in the sun.
"O Jerusalem" by Hildegard von Bingen
Alone—with Love so near,
Yet leagues and leagues away;
No wonder that men here
Forget to pray!
"Manhattan" by Charles Hanson Towne
I LOOK at all the people
Who meet me and are gay,
And wonder have they broken hearts
That hurt night and day?
"Other People" by Margaret Widdemer
And when you approached,--my book
Dropped in wonder,--seemingly
To myself I said, "'Tis she!"
And arose to look
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
Little bird! O little bird!
I wonder at what thou doest,
Thou singing merry far from me,
I in sadness all alone!
"Little Bird" by Anonymous Irish
And my heart made answer:
That is what I wonder and wonder!
After all it is life I love,
After all l am a living thing,
After all I am the heart of you . . .
I am content!
"Three Thoughts Of My Heart" by Hilda Conkling

In news:

It's the most wonderful time of the year - at least the cast of "Glee" seems to think so.
Guernsey wonders what to do with large bequest .
Amid setbacks, Hazel wonders if she can care for Autumn.
Anderson Antunes wonders whether young Brazilian superstar Neymar is spending his way to bankruptcy.
Thank you for the wonderful job you do.
You might've seen the opening sequence and wonder who the busty blonde was.
Dr Eric Kmiec said the chances of discovering some new wonder drug are slim.
I miss those wonderful Idaho sunsets.
Dave Weigel wonders if the New Black Panther Party will give Fox News an early Christmas present by showing up again this year at polling places in Philadelphia.
I wonder how that would have played out in Philly.
It was one of those days that makes me wonder how college coaches do it.
Where did June go, wonders Kathy Kato of Bay City.
I have seen it several places in town and have wondered what it may be.
A special thanks to Ragged Ass, Low Key Tiki and Woodies for their help in making this a wonderful Pine Island Christmas celebration.
The Boathouse 'A wonderful place to grow up.
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In science:

One may wonder whether in our model this is a stable solution.
Simple models with Alice fluxes
Cosequently, one may wonder as to whether the physical nature of the phenomenon has been preserved.
Nonlinear Regimes in Thermostats of Berendsen's Type
One might wonder what happens to the exponential decay when the couplings are disordered.
Long-time Behavior for the Stochastic Ising Model with Unbounded Random Couplings
Next, the quark-hadron states in the inequality (1) do not belong to the physical sector and one can wonder whether the positivity of the norm in the Hilbert space is guaranteed.
Virtual Compton scattering in the generalized Bjorken region and positivity bounds on generalized parton distributions
One might wonder if the violation of the weak energy condition by the Casimir effect is an artifact of the assumption of perfectly reflecting boundary conditions.
The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes
The reader may wonder about the meaning of the sum over points w in (7.9), since there is only one m-vertex in a star.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
One may wonder how this coherence translates in terms of the Wigner distribution.
Large amplitude spin waves in ultra-cold gases
Furthermore, eXn L→ Y, where Y is a random variable with the unique distribution whose moments are E Y k = mk . [The reader may wonder as to why we have chosen to state Proposition 7.5.6 using several instances of n + 1, rather than n, in (7.5.15).
Additive functionals on random search trees
One may wonder however if the knowledge of a weak invariant can provide information about the global dynamical behaviour of the system.
Non-Integrability of a weakly integrable Hamiltonian system
The reader may wonder why one has to contend with both region and jump arithmetic when computer arithmetic used in physics is limited to the region type.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
One might wonder that the bound (10) is uniform in t although the involved semigroups need not be exponentially decaying.
Bounds for contractive semigroups and second order systems
One might wonder whether the right-hand side of our Eq. (18) should not also have the structure of a variance.
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: I. Gaussian and Wishart matrices and Cyclic Fock spaces
We might wonder if this result generalizes to the Tutte polynomial.
Semimatroids and their Tutte polynomials
Another interesting question is to wonder, if you are given two arbitrary large matrices (A, B ) with given spectrum, how the spectrum of the sum of these two matrices behave.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
It is natural to wonder whether such a result could be derived from the Brownian paths description of the matrix.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
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