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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
wilderness area
▪ I slithered in his wake, looking up hopelessly at the great smooth wilderness rearing above us.
▪ They went almost hopelessly into the great wilderness of trees where it seemed impossible to find anything.
▪ For the first time ever, in a giant film format, you can journey to the Earth's last great wilderness.
▪ The subsequent phase between 1934 and 1939 signalled the return of the party from the political wilderness of sectarian isolationism.
▪ He was perpetually in the political wilderness, often tossed out of office.
▪ Yet here we are, Denis and Ted and I, and countless, nameless others, out in the political wilderness.
▪ I have consistently maintained that the canoe is the traditional craft for exploring wilderness areas without disturbing wildlife.
▪ The one lingering question this year is when the high mountain wilderness areas will become accessible.
▪ Each sovereign state has enacted legislation establishing national parks, scientific or scenic reserves and wilderness areas.
▪ His prey is the charred remnants of a campfire set along a trail in the heart of this tinder-dry wilderness area.
▪ Conservationists are unhappy about the prospect of conifer plantations taking over more wilderness areas of Britain.
▪ Participants will also visit the adjacent Oceano sand dunes wilderness area.
▪ The proliferation of this literature has so simplified going into our wilderness areas that readers are literally taken by the hand.
▪ They take Missy on walks through cities and wilderness areas and have learned to forgo restaurant meals for picnics and room service.
▪ One of the few voices crying in the wilderness was that of Farringdon member Gordon Wilson.
▪ The prince wandered the wilderness for many years.
▪ But, above all, they can make forests and wilderness, at the same time that they are making energy.
▪ Each sovereign state has enacted legislation establishing national parks, scientific or scenic reserves and wilderness areas.
▪ He pushed on in swamp and wilderness through Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi territories.
▪ In these ancient, mountainous regions - the Alps and the Carpathians - the City stopped abruptly, edging the wilderness.
▪ She had no companion in this snow wilderness with its circles of wire.
▪ So I walked very softly up into the wilderness that Chimaera inhabited.
▪ They have climbed mountains and canoed for eight-day stretches in isolated wilderness.
▪ To the locals it was a wilderness they would rather have preserved for the hawks, the salmon and the mountaineers.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Wilderness \Wil"der*ness\, n. [OE. wildernesse, wilderne,probably from AS. wildor a wild beast; cf. D. wildernis wilderness. See Wilder, v. t.]

  1. A tract of land, or a region, uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings, whether a forest or a wide, barren plain; a wild; a waste; a desert; a pathless waste of any kind.

    The wat'ry wilderness yields no supply.

  2. A disorderly or neglected place.

  3. Quality or state of being wild; wildness. [Obs.]

    These paths and bowers doubt not but our joint hands. Will keep from wilderness with ease.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "wild, uninhabited, or uncultivated place," with -ness + Old English wild-deor "wild animal, wild deer;" see wild (adj.) + deer (n.). Similar formation in Dutch wildernis, German Wildernis, though the usual form there is Wildnis.


n. An unsettled and uncultivated tract of land left in its natural state.


n. a wild and uninhabited area [syn: wild]

Wilderness (Sophie B. Hawkins album)

Wilderness is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music).

Wilderness (C. W. McCall album)

Wilderness is an album by country musician C. W. McCall, released on Polydor Records in 1976 (see 1976 in music). As its title suggests, it focuses on subjects connected with nature, the environment and humans' impact on them. "There Won't Be No Country Music (There Won't Be No Rock 'n' Roll)", for example, is a statement on the environment's bleak-looking future and the effects of over-commercialization bordering on propaganda. "Crispy Critters", on the other hand, is the humorous telling of a true tale involving a group of hippies riding into a town and being forced away and threatened by the mayor.

Wilderness (film)

Wilderness is a 2006 British-Irish horror film directed by Michael J. Bassett

Wilderness (Wilderness album)

Wilderness is the debut studio album by the art rock band Wilderness. It was recorded, mixed and mastered in May and June 2004 by Chad Clark and T.J. Lipple at Silver Sonya in Arlington, Virginia.

Wilderness (disambiguation)

Wilderness is a natural environment on Earth that has not been modified by human action. The term may also apply to:

Wilderness (Brett Anderson album)

Wilderness is the second studio album by the English singer Brett Anderson.

Wilderness (miniseries)

Wilderness is a 1996 British mini-series directed by Ben Bolt. It is based on a novel of the same name by Dennis Danvers. The horror series was produced by Red Rooster Film & Television Entertainment in association with Carlton Television for the ITV network.


Wilderness or wildland is a natural environment on Earth that has not been significantly modified by civilized human activity. It may also be defined as: "The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet—those last truly wild places that humans do not control and have not developed with roads, pipelines or other industrial infrastructure."

Some governments establish them by law or administrative acts, usually in land tracts that have not been modified by human action in great measure. The main feature of them is that human activity is restricted significantly. These actions seek not only to preserve what already exists, but also to promote and advance a natural expression and development. Wilderness areas can be found in preserves, conservation preserves, National Forests, National Parks and even in urban areas along rivers, gulches or otherwise undeveloped areas. These areas are considered important for the survival of certain species, biodiversity, ecological studies, conservation, solitude, and recreation. Wilderness is deeply valued for cultural, spiritual, moral, and aesthetic reasons. Some nature writers believe wilderness areas are vital for the human spirit and creativity. They may also preserve historic genetic traits and provide habitat for wild flora and fauna that may be difficult to recreate in zoos, arboretums or laboratories.

The word wilderness derives from the notion of "wildness"—in other words, that which is not controlled by humans. The mere presence or activity of people does not disqualify an area from being "wilderness." Many ecosystems that are, or have been, inhabited or influenced by activities of people may still be considered "wild." This way of looking at wilderness includes areas within which natural processes operate without human interference.

The WILD Foundation states that wilderness areas have two dimensions: they must be biologically intact and legally protected. The World Conservation Union (IUCN) classifies wilderness at two levels, Ia ( Strict Nature Reserves) and Ib ( Wilderness Areas). Most scientists and conservationists agree that no place on earth is completely untouched by humanity, either due to past occupation by indigenous people, or through global processes such as climate change. Activities on the margins of specific wilderness areas, such as fire suppression and the interruption of animal migration also affect the interior of wildernesses.

Especially in wealthier, industrialized nations, it has a specific legal meaning as well: as land where development is prohibited by law. Many nations have designated wilderness, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. Many new parks are currently being planned and legally passed by various Parliaments and Legislatures at the urging of dedicated individuals around the globe who believe that "in the end, dedicated, inspired people empowered by effective legislation will ensure that the spirit and services of wilderness will thrive and permeate our society, preserving a world that we are proud to hand over to those who come after us."

Wilderness (band)

Wilderness is a Baltimore-based indie rock band currently signed to Jagjaguwar. Led by the theatrical, chant-like vocal style and lyrical presence of James Johnson, they are known to create a complex brand of post-punk that heavily recalls mantra-punk pioneers Lungfish and more closely Public Image Limited. Their debut full-length was recorded, mixed and mastered in May and June 2004, by Chad Clark and T.J. Lipple at Silver Sonya in Arlington, Virginia. It was released in July 2005 and has been widely celebrated in indie music circles. The band performed at North East Sticks Together in September of that year.

On April 11, 2006, the band released their second full-length, Vessel States, which received mixed critiques in comparison to their debut.

On November 4, 2008, the band released their third full-length album, (k)no(w)here.

Wilderness (book series)

Wilderness (book series) is the generational saga of a mountain man and his Shoshone wife by American author David Robbins. The series has run for twenty years, making it one of the longest contemporary series written by a single author. The first title was published in 1990. New titles are published four times a year. To date there have been sixty-four regular books and seven Giant Editions. The series has received critical notice from the Pulp Rack, Western Fiction Review and others.

Wilderness (Parker novel)

Wilderness is a novel by American writer Robert B. Parker.

Wilderness (The Features album)

Wilderness is the third studio album by American rock band The Features, which was released on July 26, 2011 on label Bug Music/Serpents and Snakes.

Wilderness (The Handsome Family album)

Wilderness is the ninth studio album by country duo The Handsome Family. It was released in May of 2013 by Carrot Top Records.

Usage examples of "wilderness".

It is then visited by those elevated meditations which are the proper aliment of noble souls, and are, like manna, sent from heaven, in the wilderness of this world.

The awesome, aperiodic double helixwith its seductive suggestion of encoded information assembling an entire organismspread before him at twenty-one, wider than the American Wilderness.

Nevertheless Sir Robert Vansittart, chief diplomatic adviser to the Foreign Secretary and one of the leading opponents in London of the appeasement of Hitler, saw Kleist on the afternoon of his arrival, and Winston Churchill, still in the political wilderness in Britain, received him the next day.

A cross-country trek at night through an alien wilderness would be dangerous, not to say foolish, in my present condition, but I had to get back to the Bandersnatch soon.

They have parallel-parked their bimbo boxes in identical computer-designed Burbclave street patterns and secreted themselves in symmetrical sheetrock shitholes with vinyl floors and ill-fitting woodwork and no sidewalks, vast house farms out in the loglo wilderness, a culture medium for a medium culture.

They were closer to Red Bluff than Redding, putting down finally on the edges of what the map showed as the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness.

Two days later, Kadour ben Saden, with his daughter and followers, rode south through the pass below Bou Saada, bound for their home in the far wilderness.

His explanation made it sound possible, even somewhat simple, as if they were looking for the boy in a section of New York and not in the wilderness and ruined towns in the thousands of square clicks of O-Zone, which was itself a byword for everything unknown and unfathomable and empty and strange.

Park of Extinct Animals was breached and many of the inner enclosures were opened, releasing into the wilderness nearly the entire extraordinary collection of carefully cloned beasts of yesteryear: moas, quaggas, giant ground sloths, dodos, passenger pigeons, aurochs, oryxes, saber-toothed cats, great auks, cahows and many another lost species that had been called back from oblivion by the most painstaking manipulation of fossil genetic material.

They were the two men whom I had first encountered on Gor, when I had awakened, nude, chained by the neck in the wilderness.

Julian Clyve faced them across the wilderness of polished wood, beyond which, through the wall of glass, was spread the Lake of Geneva with its giant fountain, like a little white flower far below them.

Rugged, pristine wilderness stretched as far as Daile could see, forested ridges gilded by the morning light.

Be it enough to say that once again I came to that little house in the uttermost wilderness, and there once more was the garth and the goat-house, and the trees of the forest beyond it, and the wood-lawns and the streams and all the places and things that erst I deemed I must dwell amongst for ever.

Calo-John, not depending on the forces of his own kingdom, had drawn from the Scythian wilderness a body of fourteen thousand Comans, who drank, as it was said, the blood of their captives, and sacrificed the Christians on the altars of their gods.

Immacolata had dreamt of it often, and spoken of the wilderness where it resided.