What does Wilderness mean?

Definitions for Wilderness
ˈwɪl dər nɪsWilder·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wildernessnoun

    (politics) a state of disfavor

    "he led the Democratic party back from the wilderness"

  2. Wildernessnoun

    a wooded region in northeastern Virginia near Spotsylvania where bloody but inconclusive battles were fought in the American Civil War

  3. wilderness, wildnoun

    a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition

    "it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers"

  4. wildernessnoun

    a bewildering profusion

    "the duties of citizenship are lost sight of in the wilderness of interests of individuals and groups"; "a wilderness of masts in the harbor"

Wiktionary

  1. wildernessnoun

    An unsettled and uncultivated tract of land left in its natural state

    Etymology: Either from unattested * (cognate with Dutch wildernis, German Wildnis), or from Old English wilddeoren + -nes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wildernessverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. wildernesse, wilderne,probably from AS. wildor a wild beast; cf. D. wildernis wilderness. See Wilder, v. t.]

  2. Wildernessverb

    a disorderly or neglected place

    Etymology: [OE. wildernesse, wilderne,probably from AS. wildor a wild beast; cf. D. wildernis wilderness. See Wilder, v. t.]

  3. Wildernessverb

    quality or state of being wild; wildness

    Etymology: [OE. wildernesse, wilderne,probably from AS. wildor a wild beast; cf. D. wildernis wilderness. See Wilder, v. t.]

Freebase

  1. Wilderness

    Wilderness or wildland is a natural environment on Earth that has not been significantly modified by human activity. It may also be defined as: "The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet—those last truly wild places that humans do not control and have not developed with roads, pipelines or other industrial infrastructure." Wilderness areas can be found in preserves, estates, farms, conservation preserves, ranches, National Forests, National Parks and even in urban areas along rivers, gulches or otherwise undeveloped areas. These areas are considered important for the survival of certain species, biodiversity, ecological studies, conservation, solitude, and recreation. Wilderness is deeply valued for cultural, spiritual, moral, and aesthetic reasons. Some nature writers believe wilderness areas are vital for the human spirit and creativity. They may also preserve historic genetic traits and provide habitat for wild flora and fauna that may be difficult to recreate in zoos, arboretums or laboratories. The word wilderness derives from the notion of "wildness"—in other words, that which is not controllable by humans. The word's etymology is from the wildeornes, which in turn derives from wildeor meaning wild beast From this point of view, it is the wildness of a place that makes it a wilderness. The mere presence or activity of people does not disqualify an area from being "wilderness." Many ecosystems that are, or have been, inhabited or influenced by activities of people may still be considered "wild." This way of looking at wilderness includes areas within which natural processes operate without human interference.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Wilderness

    a district covered with brushwood in Virginia, U.S., the scene of a two days' terrible conflict between the Federals and the Confederates on the 5th and 6th May 1864.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Wilderness

    Environment un-modified by human activity. Areas in which natural processes operate without human interference.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wilderness in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wilderness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Wilderness in a Sentence

  1. David Smith:

    There are about a dozen instances of extensive vehicle traffic off roads and in some cases into wilderness. We had destruction of government property with the cutting of chains and locks for people to access campgrounds, we've never seen this level of out-of-bounds camping. Every day-use area was occupied every evening. Joshua trees were actually cut down in order to make new roads.

  2. Alan Alda:

    You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.

  3. Tacitus:

    They make a wilderness and call it peace.

  4. Elayne Boosler:

    My ancestors wandered lost in the wilderness for forty years because even in biblical times, men would not stop to ask for directions.

  5. Tacitus:

    To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.

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