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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He and his colleagues basically went fishing, looking for genes whose activity changes with Alzheimer’s. Sharon Begley, STAT, "New study supports long-dismissed idea: Herpes viruses could play role in Alzheimer’s," 21 June 2018 On a shoot in Sicily, for example, he was supposed to go fishing with a local chef. Lisa Abend, Time, "‘We Were All in Awe of Him.’ World-Renowned Chefs Told Us Their Favorite Memories of Anthony Bourdain," 8 June 2018 The year before, parts of the region had been flattened by Cyclone Jokwe, which uprooted cashew trees and washed fishing boats out to sea on its way to leaving tens of thousands of people homeless in one of the poorest areas of Mozambique. Longreads, "Where Have You Hidden the Cholera?," 5 Apr. 2018 Even the great white shark, made infamous by Hollywood films such as Jaws, has gone from being a top predator of the ocean to a vulnerable target of trophy-seeking fishing boats. Jeremy Hsu, The Atlantic, "Can AI Stop Shark Attacks?," 31 Mar. 2018 One drink, called the Pilar, after Ernest Hemingway’s fishing boat, and inspired by the daiquiri made for him at the restaurant La Floridita, contains gin, grapefruit-lime cordial, Cristal aguardiente, Manzanilla Sherry and Campari. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "My Cocktail’s Smarter Than Yours: A Guide to the World’s Brainiest Bar Menus," 12 July 2018 Krings has arranged the observations on commercial fishing boats and in subsistence fish camps. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the city health worker who tracks down tuberculosis patients in Anchorage," 3 July 2018 The police department's lake patrol helped get the fishing boat out of the water. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boat on Pewaukee Lake capsized as severe storms began to hit the area," 2 July 2018 But after a long successful voyage a great number of those fishing boats have met the wave and been dashed against the rocks on Nazaré’s promontory. Paul Theroux, Smithsonian, "The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wave," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of fishing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the sport or business of catching fish

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