fish·​ing | \ˈfi-shiŋ \

Definition of fishing 

1 : the sport or business of catching fish

2 : a place for catching fish

Examples of fishing in a Sentence

The fishing was pretty good today. I'm going fishing this weekend.

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The people who were found Tuesday were brought ashore and placed in a navy shelter house in the Kuala Idi fishing port of East Aceh district while awaiting identification by Indonesian immigration officials. Iskandar Ishak, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia rescues 20 Muslim Rohingya adrift off Aceh," 4 Dec. 2018 Definitely ice swimming, which is great for recovery, and ice fishing. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "How to Win at Winter, Scandinavian Style," 30 Nov. 2018 Another nonprofit, which helps protect marine habitats from the effects of global warming, pollution, and commercial fishing. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "David Beckham Kissed His Kid on the Mouth and For Some Reason That's a Big Deal," 29 Nov. 2018 Favorite fishing spots would have been the river’s whirlpools, where the currents confused the animals and made them easy prey — and a protein-rich staple. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Or pinch-and-zoom to see if there's fishing wire suspending them in midair. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Watch These 'Magical' Brooms Glide On Their Own," 11 Oct. 2018 Collins told Fox News the 6-inch spider, which many identified as a fishing spider, was not harmed and released back into the wild. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Indiana man warns locals to 'beware' of giant spiders after spotting 6-inch crawler at work," 2 Oct. 2018 Bought this for my son’s soccer team, but can be used for fishing or other purposes. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "This 9-Person Folding Bench Will Be Every Soccer Family's BFF Come Game Day," 20 Aug. 2018 Like all IUDs, the copper version has little fishing wire-esque strings that hang down through your cervix. Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Things You Absolutely Should Know Before Getting the Copper IUD," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of fishing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Dec 2018

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: the sport or business of catching fish

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