hunt·ing | \ˈhən-tiŋ \

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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Here are some tips for your summer bargain hunting at local yard sales. Melissa Reinert,, "Yard sale shopper: Prepare and beware," 5 July 2018 Under the watchful eye of Fox (Angelina Jolie), Wesley becomes a super-assassin, obsessed with hunting down a former Fraternity member who killed his father. Tom Philip, GQ, "Wanted Might Be the Ultimate Action Movie," 4 July 2018 General Assembly recently piloted an ISA option with thirteen students, some of whom are still job-hunting. Lindsay Gellman, The Atlantic, "Code Now. Pay Tuition Later.," 30 June 2018 Agents found Kimble in January hunting within an area the bear frequented, state wildlife officials said in an announcement. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Hunter fined $10,000 for killing black bear in Louisiana," 12 July 2018 In fact, with the advent of mass production and the decline in duck hunting, many of the more recent examples are made for decorative purposes. Jim Webster,, "In Havre de Grace, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, a rich maritime history - and ducks, lots of ducks," 27 June 2018 Decoy-making and wildfowl hunting in the Susquehanna Flats of the Upper Chesapeake Bay is featured in the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. Algerina Perna,, "Exploring historical Havre de Grace," 22 June 2018 In March, state wildlife officials and sportsmen’s groups urged lawmakers to legalize bear hunting in Litchfield County as a way of controlling that growing population. Ruth Bruno,, "Bear Enters Torrington Home, Then Is Euthanized," 19 June 2018 The park remains vulnerable to attacks by anti-government rebels and local militia groups, problems compounded by elephant poaching, hunting for bush meat, unlicensed fishing, and tree cutting for charcoal. National Geographic, "Virunga National Park Sees Its Worst Violence in a Decade, Director Says," 14 June 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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