wilderness: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (wil'dur-nis), [key]
— n.
  1. a wild and uncultivated region, as of forest or desert, uninhabited or inhabited only by wild animals; a tract of wasteland.
  2. a tract of land officially designated as such and protected by the U.S. government.
  3. any desolate tract, as of open sea.
  4. a part of a garden set apart for plants growing with unchecked luxuriance.
  5. a bewildering mass or collection.


Pronunciation: (wil'dur-nis), [key]
— n.
  1. a wooded area in NE Virginia: several battles fought here in 1864 between armies of Grant and Lee.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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