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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Over-hunting, removal of their prey and, as Minier points out, westward expansion all led to endangerment. Eduardo Medina,, "Gray wolf pups at Oakland Zoo symbolize revival for California-native species," 5 July 2019 Through the 20th century, the population of bald eagles dropped to fewer than 1,000 in the U.S. because of unregulated hunting, poisoning and then, in the post World War II era, the use of DDT and other chemicals. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Our national symbol is a soaring conservation success story," 3 July 2019 The small town in southwest Colorado is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains and forests and is known for its hunting, fishing and hot springs. Irene Lechowitzky,, "Soothe your aching back in Colorado on a weekend escape to Pagosa Springs," 27 June 2019 Archaeologists usually assume that people who made their living hunting, gathering, and fishing in the past probably lived similar lifestyles to modern hunter-gatherers. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "How many people did it take to colonize Australia?," 19 June 2019 The Interior Department said hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities contributed more than $156 billion to the economy in 2015. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Trump administration announces plans to expand hunting and fishing access in wildlife refuges," 6 June 2019 Thag stops hunting, content to relax in the cave and relive the exploits of his successful kill. William Von Hippel, Discover Magazine, "Why Natural Selection Means We'll Never Be Happy," 20 Feb. 2019 The Hornets need to be in star-hunting mode, regardless of whether franchise point guard Kemba Walker re-signs. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 Shannon Watts: My dad had hunting rifles which had been passed down to him from his father. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Gun Violence Is a Women's Issue," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of hunting

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

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10 Jul 2019

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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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