Seven wonders of the world
Wonder Won"der, n. [OE. wonder, wunder, AS. wundor; akin to D. wonder, OS. wundar, OHG. wuntar, G. wunder, Icel. undr, Sw. & Dan. under, and perhaps to Gr. ? to gaze at.] [1913 Webster] 1. That emotion which is excited by novelty, or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great, extraordinary, or not well understood; surprise; astonishment; admiration; amazement. [1913 Webster]

They were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. --Acts iii. 10. [1913 Webster]

Wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

Note: Wonder expresses less than astonishment, and much less than amazement. It differs from admiration, as now used, in not being necessarily accompanied with love, esteem, or approbation. [1913 Webster]

2. A cause of wonder; that which excites surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle. `` Babylon, the wonder of all tongues.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

To try things oft, and never to give over, doth wonders. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

I am as a wonder unto many. --Ps. lxxi. 7. [1913 Webster]

{Seven wonders of the world}. See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction. [1913 Webster]


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  • Seven wonders of the world — World World, n. [OE. world, werld, weorld, weoreld, AS. weorold, worold; akin to OS. werold, D. wereld, OHG. weralt, worolt, werolt, werlt, G. welt, Icel. ver[ o]ld, Sw. verld, Dan. verden; properly, the age of man, lifetime, humanity; AS. wer a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seven wonders of the world — Seven Sev en, a. [OE. seven, seoven, seofen, AS. seofon, seofan, seofen; akin to D. zeven, OS., Goth., & OHG. sibun, G. sieben, Icel. sjau, sj[ o], Sw. sju, Dan. syv, Lith. septyni, Russ. seme, W. saith, Gael. seachd, Ir. seacht, L. septem, Gr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seven Wonders of the World — n. seven remarkable landmarks of ancient times: the Egyptian pyramids, the walls and hanging gardens of Babylon, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Colossus of Rhodes, the statue of Zeus by Phidias at Olympia,… …   English World dictionary

  • Seven Wonders Of The World —    1. The Great Pyramid of Khufu (circa 2600 BC).    2. The Pharos Lighthouse at Alexandria (circa 280 BC, survived until about the 14th century AD) this lighthouse stood over 134 meters (440 feet) tall, and was located on an island at the… …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • Seven Wonders of the World — the seven most remarkable structures of ancient times: the Egyptian pyramids, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Templeof Artemis at Ephesus, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus of Rhodes, the statue of Zeus by Phidias at Olympia, and… …   Universalium

  • Seven Wonders of the World — plural noun the seven structures considered by ancient and medieval writers to be the most remarkable of ancient times: the Egyptian pyramids, the Mausoleum erected by Artemisia at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the walls and… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Seven Wonders of the World — noun impressive monuments created in the ancient world that were regarded with awe • Syn: ↑Seven Wonders of the Ancient World • Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form • Hypernyms: ↑memorial, ↑monument …   Useful english dictionary

  • Seven Wonders of the World — noun a) Any of several lists of remarkable natural or man made places. b) Seven Wonders of the Ancient World …   Wiktionary

  • Seven Wonders of the World — Seven Won|ders of the World, the seven ancient structures which were considered to be the most interesting and impressive things in the world made by ancient peoples. These were the ↑Pyramids of Egypt, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the ↑statue… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • seven wonders of the world — seven amazing structures built in ancient times (the Pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, statue of Zeus by Phidias at Olympia, Pharos of Alexandria, Colossus of Rhodes, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, and Mausoleum of Halicarnassus) …   English contemporary dictionary

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