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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Recent Examples on the Web During the 2020 election, the department publicly appeared to be more concerned with hunting for fraud than protecting voting rights. New York Times, 11 June 2021 Is the employee hunting deals themselves or are they being fed deals? Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Maine residents who get a shot by May 31 can get park passes, hunting or fishing licenses, or gift cards to L.L. Bean, among other prizes. Lisa Schencker,, 27 May 2021 For example, Maine residents who get their first shot by May 31st can choose from a free park pass, hunting or fishing license, or a $20 gift card to L.L. Bean. Elizabeth Yuko, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2021 The state of Maine is offering free hunting or fishing licenses, LL Bean gift cards or other prizes to residents who get their shots by Memorial Day. Laura A. Bischoff, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 The state of Maine is offering free hunting or fishing licenses, LL Bean gift cards or other prizes to residents who get their shots by Memorial Day. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 12 May 2021 Currently, the Tax Collector’s Office pays $12,979 a month, or $155,748 annually, in rent at the Longwood branch, 260 Wekiva Springs Rd., where residents can obtain new driver’s licenses, get hunting or fishing permits, or pay their property taxes. Martin E. Comas,, 27 Apr. 2021 Brian Achtermann, 36, of Midland is charged with hunting without a license and not having a deer permit, both misdemeanors. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 17 Apr. 2021

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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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22 Jun 2021

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“Hunting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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