Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
(?; 277, 85).]
errare; akin to G.
irran, v. t.,
irrōn, v. i., OS.
aírzjanto lead astray,
To wander; to roam; to stray.
[Archaic]“Why wilt thou err from me?”
What seemeth to you, if there were to a man an hundred sheep and one of them hath
Wyclif (Matt. xviii. 12).
To deviate from the true course; to miss the thing aimed at.“My jealous aim might err.”
To miss intellectual truth; to fall into error; to mistake in judgment or opinion; to be mistaken.
The man may
errin his judgment of circumstances.
To deviate morally from the right way; to go astray, in a figurative sense; to do wrong; to sin.
Do they not
errthat devise evil?
Prov. xiv. 22.
To offend, as by erring.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To wander from the right way; to deviate from the true course or purpose.
But errs not nature from this gracious end,
From burning suns when livid deaths descend?
2.To miss the right way, in morals or religion; to deviate from the path or line of duty; to stray by design or mistake.
We have erred and strayed like lost sheep.
3.To mistake; to commit error; to do wrong from ignorance or inattention. Men err in judgment from ignorance, from want of attention to facts, or from previous bias of mind.
4.To wander; to ramble.
A storm of strokes, well meant, with fury flies,
And errs about their temples,ears, and eyes.