Definitions for: Wilderness


[n] a wild and uninhabited area



Webster (1913) Definition: Wil"der*ness, n. [OE. wildernesse,
wilderne,probably from AS. wildor a wild beast; cf. D.
wildernis wilderness. See Wilder, v. t.]
1. A tract of land, or a region, uncultivated and uninhabited
by human beings, whether a forest or a wide, barren plain;
a wild; a waste; a desert; a pathless waste of any kind.

The wat'ry wilderness yields no supply. --Waller.

2. A disorderly or neglected place. --Cowper.

3. Quality or state of being wild; wildness. [Obs.]

These paths and bowers doubt not but our joint
hands. Will keep from wilderness with ease.
--Milton.

Synonyms: wild

See Also: barren, bush, frontier, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, waste, wasteland

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