hunt·​ing | \ ˈhən-tiŋ How to pronounce hunting (audio) \

Definition of hunting

1 : the act of one that hunts specifically : the pursuit of game
2 : the process of hunting
3a : a periodic variation in speed of a synchronous electrical machine
b : a self-induced and undesirable oscillation of a variable above and below the desired value in an automatic control system
c : a continuous attempt by an automatically controlled system to find a desired equilibrium condition

Examples of hunting in a Sentence

His hobbies include hunting and fishing. The law prohibits the hunting of migratory birds. She likes to go hunting.
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Police have come to recognize the fertile hunting ground of social media and are covertly surveilling people and groups there with little oversight. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How China complicates Apple’s chest-thumping about privacy," 25 Oct. 2018 Family vacations were regularly hijacked by insect-hunting expeditions. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "What’s that bug? New Northwest field guide makes it easy to find out," 20 Aug. 2018 On top of exploring the medieval tower-house of Ashtown Castle and the Dublin Zoo, catching sight of the resident fallow deer is the draw at this 1,700-acre walled park, a former royal hunting ground. Amy Tara Koch, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Plan a Family Trip to Ireland," 12 July 2018 In fact, upper-class purgers pay top dollar to be able to purge in a safe, controlled hunting ground., "Why People Either Really Love Or Hate The Purge Movies," 3 July 2018 One of Theodore Roosevelt’s first hunting expeditions was in Maine in 1878 — when the future president was 19, asthmatic and skinny. Porter Fox, New York Times, "On a Canoe Trip Along the U.S.-Canada Border, Solitude and Shooting Stars," 20 June 2018 Shifting, however, is a little more abrupt, and there seems to be a continual hunting expedition for gears. Scott Sturgis,, "Change comes gradually to the Toyota Sienna," 17 May 2018 Those principles were on display in the Khan case, which began in October 1998 when the actor was shooting a movie in the desert and brought several of his costars on a nighttime hunting expedition. Shashank Bengali,, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 2018 For one thing, year-round ice cover is important to animals like polar bears, which use it as their hunting grounds. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Younger. Here Is Why That Is a Problem.," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of hunting

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hunting was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hunting

: the activity or sport of chasing and killing wild animals
: the activity of searching for something

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