a wild and uncultivated region, as of forest or desert, uninhabited or inhabited only by wild animals; a tract of wasteland.
a tract of land officially designated as such and protected by the U.S. government.
any desolate tract, as of open sea.
a part of a garden set apart for plants growing with unchecked luxuriance.
a bewildering mass or collection.
Other definitions for Wilderness (2 of 2)
a wooded area in NE Virginia: several battles fought here in 1864 between armies of Grant and Lee.
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How to use wilderness in a sentence
The Clippers — who somehow keep managing to track down canteens in the desert, only to find them empty — now continue on their walk through the wilderness as they enter decade No.When It Comes To Playoff Disappointment, The Clippers Are In A League Of Their Own | Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org) | September 16, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Accelerating climate change, development along wilderness boundaries, and rigid forest management practices have all increased the dangers of devastating wildfires in the state and across much of the American West.
The places in their network, from Page, Arizona, to Park City, Utah, have seen that they can’t just play off parks or wilderness.The Recreation Economy Isn't As Resilient As We Thought | Heather Hansman | August 29, 2020 | Outside Online
Instead the airdrop serves, at great expense, to save trees in the wilderness, where burning, not suppression, might well do more good.They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen? | by Elizabeth Weil | August 28, 2020 | ProPublica
Chestnut says that wolverines are sensitive, shy animals that need a lot of help to recolonize the wilderness they were hunted out of.Mount Rainier’s first wolverine mama in a century is a sign of the species’ comeback | Hannah Seo | August 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
They carved a refuge out of the wilderness and then, in 200 years, built it into the most powerful nation on earth.
The original metaphor was: erect a wall to keep the garden of the church free from the wilderness of politics.
Hold the Dark is set in the Alaskan wilderness, in an isolated village at the lip of the tundra.Compliments Are Nice, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons | William Giraldi | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I went back while Lorne [Michaels] was on his 5-year jaunt in the wilderness, and Ebersol was producing.Harry Shearer on Being Nixon, ‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel, and Why Obama Should Return His Nobel | Marlow Stern | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In short, the wilderness skills and outdoor abilities that the founding mothers intended.
And it shall devour the mountains, and burn the wilderness, and consume all that is green as with fire.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Never did I feel leaving anybody or any place so much, and Berlin seems to me like a great roaring wilderness.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
That made the world a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof, that opened not the prison to his prisoners?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
When one thinks in the wilderness, alone, Felipe, many things become clear.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Next day they buried him under the shade of a spreading tree, and left him there—alone in the wilderness.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for wilderness (1 of 2)
a wild, uninhabited, and uncultivated region
any desolate tract or area
a confused mass or collection
a voice in the wilderness or a voice crying in the wilderness a person, group, etc, making a suggestion or plea that is ignored
in the wilderness no longer having influence, recognition, or publicity
British Dictionary definitions for Wilderness (2 of 2)
the Wilderness the barren regions to the south and east of Palestine, esp those in which the Israelites wandered before entering the Promised Land and in which Christ fasted for 40 days and nights
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