fishing

noun

fish·​ing ˈfi-shiŋ How to pronounce fishing (audio)
1
: the sport or business of catching fish
2
: a place for catching fish

Example Sentences

The fishing was pretty good today. I'm going fishing this weekend.
Recent Examples on the Web This fishing partnership has passed down through the generations, enduring for more than a century. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2023 The fisheries are worth about $2 billion annually and support about 15,000 jobs and subsistence fishing for Alaska Native communities. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Jan. 2023 Depending on the season, guests can go tubing down the sledding hill, spend the afternoon ice fishing or explore the property on cross-country skis. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2023 Until then, Ford only has to worry about the Rivian R1T fishing in its pond. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2023 The dolphins who engage in cooperative fishing also have a 13 percent increase in survival rates. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 30 Jan. 2023 The Motorguide Xi3 is a great choice for kayak anglers looking to motorize their fishing kayak. Ric Burnley, Outdoor Life, 30 Jan. 2023 The leading causes of death for right whales are collisions with boats and entanglements in rope and fishing gear. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2023 And just last week Chinese vessels drove Philippine fishermen away from one of the reefs at which the Philippines has exclusive fishing rights. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fishing was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fishing. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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