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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Recent Examples on the Web

Investors should wait for further declines before going bargain hunting. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Goldman Wakes Up to 1MDB Reckoning," 17 Nov. 2018 This team's primary research subject is the bighorn sheep, which was wiped out in many locations due to hunting and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Transplanted mammals take a century to learn to “surf the green wave”," 7 Sep. 2018 Bargain hunting in this kind of environment is a game for risk-hungry short-term investors. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Madison Avenue’s Unequal Fight With Google," 6 Nov. 2018 Bow-and-arrow hunting in Southern California is legal from now until early September or until 1,700 bears are killed. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Black bear hit by arrow mauls hunter before dying, reports say," 30 Aug. 2018 Her relentless bargain-hunting was good for finding clothing, too. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Living Yard Sale to Yard Sale With My Mother, a Well Dressed Antique Dealer," 30 Aug. 2018 When the sun sets and nearby Marines wind down for the evening, Sam Freeze suits up and goes bat hunting. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "A mysterious disease is killing millions of bats. These scientists are trying to save them.," 12 July 2018 Learn how to make your own recycled paper, discover the many creatures that live in local water bodies and go treasure hunting with a geocaching/letterboxing activity. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Learn to roll like a lumberjack," 25 June 2018 The move to not activate what would've been his $4.3 million salary for 2018-19 frees additional money for free agency as president Kevin Pritchard goes big-game hunting. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Pacers moving on from Lance Stephenson signals effort to make significant upgrade," 25 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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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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