Hypertext Webster Gateway: "wild"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wild \Wild\, a. [Compar. {Wilder}; superl. {Wildest}.] [OE.
wilde, AS. wilde; akin to OFries. wilde, D. wild, OS. & OHG.
wildi, G. wild, Sw. & Dan. vild, Icel. villr wild,
bewildered, astray, Goth. wilpeis wild, and G. & OHG. wild
game, deer; of uncertain origin.]
1. Living in a state of nature; inhabiting natural haunts, as
the forest or open field; not familiar with, or not easily
approached by, man; not tamed or domesticated; as, a wild
boar; a wild ox; a wild cat.

Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that
way. --Shak.

2. Growing or produced without culture; growing or prepared
without the aid and care of man; native; not cultivated;
brought forth by unassisted nature or by animals not
domesticated; as, wild parsnip, wild camomile, wild
strawberry, wild honey.

The woods and desert caves, With wild thyme and
gadding vine o'ergrown. --Milton.

3. Desert; not inhabited or cultivated; as, wild land. ``To
trace the forests wild.'' --Shak.

4. Savage; uncivilized; not refined by culture; ferocious;
rude; as, wild natives of Africa or America.

5. Not submitted to restraint, training, or regulation;
turbulent; tempestuous; violent; ungoverned; licentious;
inordinate; disorderly; irregular; fanciful; imaginary;
visionary; crazy. ``Valor grown wild by pride.'' --Prior.
``A wild, speculative project.'' --Swift.

What are these So withered and so wild in their
attire ? --Shak.

With mountains, as with weapons, armed; which makes
Wild work in heaven. --Milton.

The wild winds howl. --Addison.

Search then the ruling passion, there, alone The
wild are constant, and the cunning known. --Pope.

6. Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered; as, a wild

7. Indicating strong emotion, intense excitement, or
?ewilderment; as, a wild look.

8. (Naut.) Hard to steer; -- said of a vessel.

Note: Many plants are named by prefixing wild to the names of
other better known or cultivated plants to which they a
bear a real or fancied resemblance; as, wild allspice,
wild pink, etc. See the Phrases below.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wild \Wild\, n.
An uninhabited and uncultivated tract or region; a forest or
desert; a wilderness; a waste; as, the wilds of America; the
wilds of Africa.

then Libya first, of all her moisture drained, Became a
barren waste, a wild of sand. --Addison.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wild \Wild\, adv.
Wildly; as, to talk wild. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: marked by extreme lack of restraint or control; "wild
ideas"; "wild talk"; "wild originality"; "wild
parties" [ant: {tame}]
2: in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated;
"wild geese"; "edible wild plants" [syn: {untamed}] [ant:
3: in a state of extreme emotion; "wild with anger"; "wild with
4: deviating widely from an intended course; "a wild bullet";
"a wild pitch"
5: (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud; "a violent
clash of colors"; "her dress was a violent red"; "a
violent noise"; "wild colors"; "wild shouts" [syn: {violent}]
6: not subjected to control or restraint; "a piano played with
a wild exuberance"- Louis Bromfield
7: talking or behaving irrationally; "a raving lunatic" [syn: {raving},
{raving mad}]
8: produced without being planted or without human labor; "wild
strawberries" [syn: {spontaneous}]
9: located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert
island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild
stretch of land"; "waste places" [syn: {desert}, {godforsaken},
10: without civilizing influences; "barbarian invaders";
"barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is
crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are
efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes" [syn: {barbarian},
{barbaric}, {savage}, {uncivilized}, {uncivilised}]
11: (of the elements) as if showing violent anger; "angry clouds
on the horizon"; "furious winds"; "the raging sea" [syn:
{angry}, {furious}, {raging}, {tempestuous}]
n 1: a wild primitive state untouched by civilization; "he lived
in the wild" [syn: {natural state}, {state of nature}]
2: a wild and uninhabited area [syn: {wilderness}]
adv 1: in an uncontrolled and rampant manner; "weeds grew rampantly
around here" [syn: {rampantly}]
2: in a wild or undomesticated manner; "growing wild"; "roaming

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