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wandering

[won-der-ing] /ˈwɒn dər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
moving from place to place without a fixed plan; roaming; rambling:
wandering tourists.
2.
having no permanent residence; nomadic:
a wandering tribe of Indians.
3.
meandering; winding:
a wandering river; a wandering path.
noun
4.
an aimless roving about; leisurely traveling from place to place:
a period of delightful wandering through Italy.
5.
Usually, wanderings.
  1. aimless travels; meanderings:
    Her wanderings took her all over the world.
  2. disordered thoughts or utterances; incoherencies:
    mental wanderings; the wanderings of delirium.
6.
seemingly aimless or random movement or locomotion by a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment:
Wandering by Alzheimer’s patients is a problem in nursing homes.
See also elopement (def 2).
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English (noun, adj.), Old English wandrigende (adj.). See wander, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
wanderingly, adverb
wanderingness, noun
unwandering, adjective
unwanderingly, adverb
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unwandering in Medicine

wandering wan·der·ing (wŏn'dər-ĭng)
adj.
Moving about freely; not fixed; abnormally motile.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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unwandering in the Bible

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.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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