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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aimlessness the quality of lacking any definite purpose
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aimlessness The state or quality of being without aim or definite purpose.
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.”


In literature:

He wandered aimlessly away, his brain a chaos of speculation.
"Graustark" by George Barr McCutcheon
Leaving his house, Chilcote walked forward quickly and aimlessly.
"The Masquerader" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
All the rest had been aimless drifting.
"Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos
She walked on, aimlessly.
"The Little Warrior" by P. G. Wodehouse
In an aimless sort of way Miss Ellersly, after the Langdons had disappeared, left the drawing-room by the same door.
"The Deluge" by David Graham Phillips
Between twelve and one o'clock he was back in the city, walking aimlessly on and on.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
For a time they walked on aimlessly.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
What is to be the outcome of all this wild, aimless, endless passion?
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV." by Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
For some time he wandered along aimlessly, till he came to the tracks of a cable road.
"The Cruise of the Dazzler" by Jack London
They look and act so aimless, and they are going somewhere all the time.
"Bambi" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
In the depths of his pockets they were fumbling again, aimlessly, nervously.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
The mind is still keen, even brilliant, but the guiding star is shut out, and that keen mind goes whirring aimlessly around.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
He dropped his pen in sudden listlessness, crossed aimlessly to the window.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
They have borne with the narrowness of woman's culture and the aimlessness of her life, believing it all right.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Garlock took the Hodellian equivalent of a bus to the center of the city, then set out aimlessly to walk.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
He could have done better had he not spent so much time flying aimlessly about and scolding imaginary enemies.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
A few days later she went out during a pouring rain storm, and wandered about aimlessly through the streets.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Also she was rather ignorant, rather unhappy, and completely aimless.
"The Innocents" by Sinclair Lewis
Wanning rose and walked aimlessly down the hall and out through the dining-room.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
To gain time he looked away and commenced aimlessly stirring his cup.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson

In poetry:

The music of the vagrant wind,
That wandered aimlessly, is stilled;
The songless branches all remind
That Summer's glory is fulfilled.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
“’I say to thee, though free from care,
A lonely lot, an aimless life,
The crowning comfort is not there—­
Son, take a wife.’
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
And where the pit is chill and deep,
And bones are mouldering in the clay,
A thrill of buried love will creep
And shudder aimlessly away.
"Winter" by John Le Gay Brereton
Here is no music, where the air
Drives slowly through the airy leaves.
Meaning is aimless motion where
The sinking humming bird conceives.
"The Empty Hills" by Yvor Winters
These struggling tides of life that seem
In wayward, aimless course to tend,
Are eddies of the mighty stream
That rolls to its appointed end.
"The Crowded Street" by William Cullen Bryant
No line or compass traced its plan;
With frequent bends to left or right,
In aimless, wayward curves it ran,
But always kept the door in sight.
"The Crooked Footpath" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The Aimless Career of James Carter IV.
Best Place for Aimless Game Watching.
Jason Sudeikis on his Movies, Love Life, and Aimless Youth.
Bob Dylan shows flashes of brilliance, lots of aimlessness .
INTERVIEWS Hear Dntel's Dreamy Full ' Aimlessness '.
Dazed and Confused and the Cinema of Aimlessness .
After leaving the Roadblock in second place, snowboarders Amy and Daniel spent the rest of the leg aimlessly driving around Indonesia — in three cabs — putting them dead last.
Oil change first thing, which meant nearly an hour and a half flicking aimlessly through magazines in the customer lounge and trying to tune out the TV.
A trip to CVS for face wash is like a hunt at Staples for a pen: A simple task turns into hours staring aimlessly at an ocean of products, wondering whether we have normal or combination skin (or prefer ballpoint to felt tip).
Dazed and Confused and the Cinema of Aimlessness.
Daizy Aimless, Johnny Hyatt, T-Bone and Neil Anthony are no strangers to good 'ol classic rock n' roll.
An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity.
As I walk through the valley of the shadow of no frontline left fielder, with yea but another candidate abandoning us to aimless wanderings, my thoughts seek a place to turn.
Starring Jason Segel, Susan Sarandon, Ed Helms and Judy Greer, this is a pleasant but aimless comedy from the Duplass brothers.
Vecriga, the city's Old Town, is a cabinet of wonders best explored aimlessly.

In science:

It should be said, that such effects, probably, also could be observed (at least, for some peculiar combinations of the parameters) for the systems with random, or aimless migration.
The simplest model of spatially distributed population with reasonable migration of organisms
We doubt that the direct comparison of the areas of permissible phase variables, or the parameters, for the case of smart vs. the aimless migration makes much sense.
The simplest model of spatially distributed population with reasonable migration of organisms
The methodology presented above is rather powerful, and provides a researcher with the tool for studying spatially distributed populations with no artificial and absolutely unrealistic hypotheses towards the microscopic behavior of individuals, i.e. the randomness and aimlessness of their transfers over a space.
The simplest model of spatially distributed population with reasonable migration of organisms
Still, the situation of the total lack of information is not equivalent to random and aimless migration.
The simplest model of spatially distributed population with reasonable migration of organisms