wanderers

Wanderer

[won-der-er]
noun Scottish History.
a Covenanter persecuted by Charles II and James II, especially one who fled home to follow rebellious Presbyterian ministers who refused to accept episcopacy.
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wander

[won-der]
verb (used without object)
1.
to ramble without a definite purpose or objective; roam, rove, or stray: to wander over the earth.
2.
to go aimlessly, indirectly, or casually; meander: The river wanders among the rocks.
3.
to extend in an irregular course or direction: Foothills wandered off to the south.
4.
to move, pass, or turn idly, as the hand or the eyes.
5.
(of the mind, thoughts, desires, etc.) to take one direction or another without conscious intent or control: His attention wandered as the speaker droned on.
6.
to stray from a path, place, companions, etc.: During the storm the ship wandered from its course.
7.
to deviate in conduct, belief, etc.; err; go astray: Let me not wander from Thy Commandments.
8.
to think or speak confusedly or incoherently.
9.
(of a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment) to move about or walk in a seemingly aimless or random manner.
verb (used with object)
10.
to travel about, on, or through: He wandered the streets.
noun
11.
Mechanics. the drift of a gyroscope or a similar device.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English wandren, Old English wandrian (cognate with German wandern), frequentative of wendan to wend; see -er6

wanderer, noun
outwander, verb (used with object)


1. range, stroll. 2. saunter. 6. swerve, veer. 8. ramble, rave.
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wander (ˈwɒndə)
 
vb
1.  (also tr) to move or travel about, in, or through (a place) without any definite purpose or destination
2.  to proceed in an irregular course; meander
3.  to go astray, as from a path or course
4.  (of the mind, thoughts, etc) to lose concentration or direction
5.  to think or speak incoherently or illogically
 
n
6.  the act or an instance of wandering
 
[Old English wandrian; related to Old Frisian wandria, Middle Dutch, Middle High German wanderen]
 
'wanderer
 
n
 
'wandering
 
adj, —n
 
'wanderingly
 
adv

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wander
O.E. wandrian "move about aimlessly, wander," from W.Gmc. *wandrojan (cf. O.Fris. wondria, M.L.G., M.Du. wanderen, Ger. wandern "to wander," a variant form of the root represented in O.H.G. wantalon "to walk, wander"), from base *wend- "to turn" (see wind (v.)). In ref. to
the mind, affections, etc., attested from c.1400. The Wandering Jew of Christian legend first mentioned 13c. (cf. Fr. le juif errant, Ger. der ewige Jude).
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