wandering
I. adjective Date: before 12th century characterized by aimless, slow, or pointless movement: as a. that winds or meanders <
a wandering course
>
b. not keeping a rational or sensible course ; vagrant c. nomadic <
wandering tribes
>
d. of a plant having long runners or tendrils II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a going about from place to place — often used in plural 2. movement away from the proper, normal, or usual course or place — often used in plural

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