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wilderness

noun wil·der·ness \ˈwil-dər-nəs\

: a wild and natural area in which few people live

Full Definition of WILDERNESS

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a (1) :  a tract or region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings (2) :  an area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life community
b :  an empty or pathless area or region <in remote wildernesses of space groups of nebulae are found — G. W. Gray †1960>
c :  a part of a garden devoted to wild growth
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obsolete :  wild or uncultivated state
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a :  a confusing multitude or mass :  an indefinitely great number or quantity <I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys — Shakespeare>
b :  a bewildering situation <those moral wildernesses of civilized life — Norman Mailer>
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Examples of WILDERNESS

  1. She enjoys hikes through the wilderness.
  2. <released the wolf back into the wilderness>

Origin of WILDERNESS

Middle English, from wildern wild, from Old English wilddēoren of wild beasts
First Known Use: 13th century

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WILDERNESS Defined for Kids

wilderness

noun wil·der·ness \ˈwil-dər-nəs\

Definition of WILDERNESS for Kids

:  an area in its natural state in which few or no people live

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