Wild-cat to Willock

(Wild"-cat`) a.

1. Unsound; worthless; irresponsible; unsafe; — said to have been originally applied to the notes of an insolvent bank in Michigan upon which there was the figure of a panther.

2. (Railroad) Running without control; running along the line without a train; as, a wild-cat locomotive.

(Wilde"beest`) n. [D. wild wild + beeste beast.] (Zoöl.) The gnu.

(Wild"ed) a. Become wild. [R.]

An old garden plant escaped and wilded.
J. Earle.

(Wil"der) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wildered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wildering.] [Akin to E. wild, Dan. forvilde to bewilder, Icel. villr bewildered, villa to bewilder; cf. AS. wildor a wild animal. See Wild, a., and cf. Wilderness.] To bewilder; to perplex.

Long lost and wildered in the maze of fate.

Again the wildered fancy dreams
Of spouting fountains, frozen as they rose.

(Wild"er*ing) n. (Bot.) A plant growing in a state of nature; especially, one which has run wild, or escaped from cultivation.

(Wil"der*ment) n. The state of being bewildered; confusion; bewilderment.

And snatched her breathless from beneath
This wilderment of wreck and death.

(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. Cowper.

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.

(Wild"fire) n.

1. A composition of inflammable materials, which, kindled, is very hard to quench; Greek fire.

Brimstone, pitch, wildfire . . . burn cruelly, and hard to quench.

2. (Med.) (a) An old name for erysipelas. (b) A disease of sheep, attended with inflammation of the skin.

3. A sort of lightning unaccompanied by thunder. [R.]

(Wild"grave`) n. [G. wildgraf or D. wildgraaf. See Wild, and cf. Margrave.] A waldgrave, or head forest keeper. See Waldgrave.

The wildgrave winds his bugle horn.
Sir W. Scott.

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