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wild-goose chase the futile pursuit of something unattainable or nonexistent.
wildlife undomesticated living things, esp. wild animals.
wild mustard charlock or a similar weedy mustard.
wild oat any of several wild grasses, esp. the wild progenitor of the cultivated oat.
wild pansy an uncultivated pansy bearing flowers with petals in combinations of white, yellow, and purple; heartsease.
wild pitch in baseball, an erratic pitch that the catcher cannot be expected to catch and that allows a base runner to advance to the next base. (Cf. passed ball.)
wild rice a tall aquatic grass of the northern United States and Canada that bears edible grain that is considered a delicacy.
wild rose a native species of rose, such as eglantine.
Wild West the western United States, unregulated by law during its settlement in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
wildwood a wood growing in a wild or natural state; forest.
wile a trick or stratagem intended to mislead, entice, or entrap. [4 definitions]
will1 used to indicate future time of a verb. [9 definitions]
will2 the power of the mind to choose one's own courses of action or decide one's emotions. [14 definitions]
willed having a will, usu. of a specified kind.
willful according to one's will or intentions; intentional; deliberate. [2 definitions]
William Beebe U.S. naturalist, explorer, and author, who in 1934 made a record oceanic descent of 3,028 feet (923 meters) in a bathysphere (b.1877--d.1962).
William Clark U.S. co-leader with Meriwether Lewis of an expedition to explore the uncharted American West, from Missouri to Oregon, from 1804 to 1807 (b.1770--d.1838).
William Shakespeare English poet and playwright (b.1564--d.1616).
William Tell in Swiss legend, a patriot who was forced to shoot an apple off his son's head with a bow and arrow.
William the Conqueror the Duke of Normandy who was king of England from 1066 to 1087; William I (b.1027--d.1087).
willies (informal) feelings of wariness or fright; jitters (usu. prec. by "the").