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  • "Oh, wall, have your own way," sez he, and we wandered into the German Village
    "Oh, wall, have your own way," sez he, and we wandered into the German Village
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wandering of a path e.g. "meandering streams","rambling forest paths","the river followed its wandering course","a winding country road"
    • adj wandering having no fixed course "an erratic comet","his life followed a wandering course","a planetary vagabond"
    • adj wandering migratory "a restless mobile society","the nomadic habits of the Bedouins","believed the profession of a peregrine typist would have a happy future","wandering tribes"
    • n wandering travelling about without any clear destination "she followed him in his wanderings and looked after him"
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Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought
Wandering Albatross Wandering Albatross

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wandering a. & n. from Wander v.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wandering Roving; roam ing; pursuing no fixed course, plan, or object; unsettled: as, a wandering spirit; wandering habits; a wandering minstrel.
    • wandering A plant-name: The beefsteak- or strawberry-geranium, Saxifraga sarmentosa; locally, the Kenilworth ivy, Linaria Cymbalaria. One of two or three house-plants, as Zebrina pendula (Trades-cantia zebrina), which are planted in baskets or vessels of water, whence they spread in a straggling fashion. Z. pendula has lance-ovate or oblong leaves which are crim son beneath and green or purplish above, with two broad silvery stripes. Another sort has bright green leaves.
    • n wandering The act of one who wanders; a ramble or peregrination; a journeying hither and thither.
    • n wandering A straying away, as from one's home or the right way; a deviation or digression in any way or from any course: as, the wandering of the thoughts; a wandering from duty.
    • n wandering Incoherence of speech; raving; delirium.
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  • C. S. Lewis
    “If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a wandering to find home, why should we not look forward to the arrival?”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach.”
  • Ramayana
    “O Lord, wandering with thee, even hell itself would be to me a heaven of bliss.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Lest he should wander irretrievably from the right path, he stands still.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    “I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”
  • Steven Wright
    Steven Wright
    “I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.”


In literature:

From time to time the cardinal permitted his gaze to wander in their direction, and there was fatherly affection in his smile.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Or but a wandering Voice?
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
But you had to have your wanderings and your life of men.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Anna's mind wandered in her delirium, and she would talk of her marriage and beg Sanderson to let her tell her mother all.
"'Way Down East" by Joseph R. Grismer
He wandered about amid cold, damp rocks, and could not find a path.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
Why, indeed, should the insect wander to right or to left upon a twig which presents the same surface all over?
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
As you wander on, poor exiles, your very gratitude is half disdain!
"The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I" by Various
Which way to wander, whither to return?
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
My thoughts wandered in confusion and terror.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
I guess you've all heard of the Wanderer.
"Ralph Granger's Fortunes" by William Perry Brown
His intention was to wander for a couple of months.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
After much wandering, he eventually found the Sixth Form room.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Elsmere passed the rest of the morning wandering meditatively over the cloudy fells.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
No Brodrick had ever married a woman who wandered, who conceivably would want to wander.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Allan's mind seemed to wander.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Then he wandered about the park and plucked at leaves and twigs.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
He came down heavy-eyed and irritable, and wandered about the garden in which he took no pleasure.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
So he appeared to her in various forms, in order to try her, once as a beggar, another time as a wandering monk.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
The next day the wanderers went on with the showmen.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Could I but wander and lose myself amongst them!
"The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction - German" by J. W. von Goethe

In poetry:

"Oft at the close of summer day,
When Daphne wander'd by,
I've left my little flock astray,
And follow'd with a sigh.
"The Complaint" by Washington Allston
I wander through a foreign land,
And still Thy love is mine;
And, guided by Thy gracious hand,
I feel that I am Thine.
"Traveller's Hymn" by John Bowring
We wander wide through evil years,
Our eyes of faith grow dim;
But he is freshest from His hands
And nearest unto Him!
"Child-Songs" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So that I wandered careless
Far from thy loving breast,
And sought for other bosoms,
Where my spirit's wing should rest.
"To My Mother" by Edwin Arnold
PAUL. Came ever here
(This is quite between us two)
Any wandering stranger who
Did not draw you so, my dear?
Eh, my Lucy?
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Whatever way I turn I find
The path is old unto me still.
The hills of home are in my mind,
And there I wander as I will.
"In France" by Francis Ledwidge

In news:

Bear seen wandering through South Brunswick neighborhoods.
She was wandering on 1300 E and 10400 S (near the Smith's).
A bear wandering through Lacamas Park has forced two high school cross-country meets to be moved within the last two weeks.
You may have seen him wandering recently through the Memorial Art Gallery.
Welcome to WINDOW ON THE WEST where we'll wander through western New York after anything that takes our interest today, or in days gone by.
Now researchers say it is more than a wandering eye that might cause a woman to stray.
While shopping with his father, two-year-old Terrell Parks, Jr wandered over to a line of gumball machines near the front of a store.
One day in 1946, Harry Jaffa wandered into a used bookstore in Manhattan and picked up a copy of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Three of us are gathered around a bench on the city's main walking street, Peatonal Sarandí, but no one is wandering past us at this hour.
Summer shows at Boulder's Dinner Theatre are family-friendly events, intended to hold the wandering (and wondering) attention of children, and this year's Cinderella is no exception.
"I think this study shows we don't recognize nighttime wandering as often as we should," says neurologist Jan Brandes of Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Released their session IPA, Wanderer, in April and the video below started making the rounds via social media this morning.
Allison Schmitt's days of anonymously wandering Georgia's campus like any other student ended as soon as she climbed the London medal stand not once, but five times.
Rancher Joe Russ at his Bunker Hill Ranch in Southern Humboldt County Divided land: As the Williamson Act turns 40, ranchers say the county has wandered off the track .
Your Wandering Wino hasn't talked enough about the Wine Shoppe at Green Hills of late.

In science:

The trapped set T consists of wandering points and thus is of measure zero. 1The names should not be taken too serious, since, e.g., the intersection of a Ψ–orbit with S can consist of several components.
Classical Motion in Random Potentials
The environment is stationary, mixing and ε–perturbative, and the corresponding RWRE has non-trivial probability to wander off to the upper right.
A Stationary, Mixing and Perturbative Counterexample to the 0-1-law for Random Walk in Random Environment in Two Dimensions
Between times τk and τk + R, the path Y wanders around the bottom level z .
Type transition of simple random walks on randomly directed regular lattices
One defines the geodesic fluctuation exponent ξ by identifying the proper scale tξ at which γ (t) wanders (orthogonally) from its expected location 1 µ tw.
Geodesics of Random Riemannian Metrics I: Random Perturbations of Euclidean Geometry
This zero-point correction to each observation is needed to account for effects of image wander in the dispersion direction when the stellar FWHM of the point spread function was appreciably less than the slit width.
A Fresh Catch of Massive Binaries in the Cygnus OB2 Association
Therefore, a Wilson loop in order to wander in this extra “fermionic dimension”, it must have non-trivial fermion number.
On novel string theories from 4d gauge theories
Collisions are separated by a typical length Lcoll ∼ d1/ζ, where ζ is the wandering exponent.
Amphiphilic Membranes
We must take L to be larger than d as there are electrons wandering outside the slab, but provided L is large enough, the physical results are L-independent.
Plasmons in simple-metal slabs: a semiclassical approach
The asymptotic probability distribution for a Brownian particle wandering in a 2D plane with random traps to enclose the algebraic area A by time t is calculated using the instanton technique.
Distribution of the area enclosed by a 2D random walk in a disordered medium
In this Rapid Communication, we concentrate on the latter case and calculate the asymptotic distribution of the area swept by a planar random walk wandering in the presence of traps.
Distribution of the area enclosed by a 2D random walk in a disordered medium
Measurements of the psf diameter variations and the image wander allow variations in the turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere to be tracked.
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Technical Summary
Finally, let us briefly comment on the different sources leading to coupling losses. A first concern is the transmission of the signals through a turbulent medium, leading to arrival-time jitter and beam wander (hence problems with beam pointing).
Quantum Cryptography
However, it can also be of advantage to have a spot size large compared to the receiver’s aperture in order to ensure constant coupling in case of remaining beam wander.
Quantum Cryptography
The main difficulty would come from beam pointing - don’t forget that the satellites will move with respect to the ground - and wandering induced by turbulences.
Quantum Cryptography
Another possibility to compensate for beam wander is to use adaptative optics.
Quantum Cryptography