fish·​ing | \ ˈfi-shiŋ How to pronounce fishing (audio) \

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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Bashir was among a group of 75 people from Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan and Syria whose fishing boat landed on the shores of RAF Akrotiri on this tiny, east Mediterranean island nation in October 1998. Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Seattle Times, "After 20-year wait, refugee sees ‘bright future’ in UK," 4 Dec. 2018 The Barataria Basin, a liminal zone of marsh and water in Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans, is one of the country’s prime fishing and shrimping areas. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Stepping down as chief will give him more free time to do recreational activities such as camping and fishing. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retiring Tess Corners fire chief built a career on being humble and serving others," 12 July 2018 Sonny enjoyed fishing of all kinds and enjoyed following the membership of MENSA. Hartford Courant,, "Ewen McLeod III," 12 July 2018 Gorski, the son of a New Jersey Shore scallop boat captain, grew up fishing and crabbing along the East Coast before moving west. Nicole Sours Larson,, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018 Aaron Gibbons was with his daughters at the fishing and hunting spot Sentry Island when the family was surprised by the bear, the BBC reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Polar bear kills man protecting children, reports say," 6 July 2018 Reports of harmful algal blooms grow year after year, wreaking havoc on fishing and tourism seasons in Lake Erie, killing dogs and causing nausea and rashes for the unsuspecting swimmer. Emily Hopkins,, "Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that," 4 July 2018 Learn from the hunting, fishing and camping experts with how-to-seminars, product demos, and the latest gear and techniques. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of fishing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Mar 2019

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: the sport or business of catching fish

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