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 Invite some friends or family members to a board game night instead, and try your hand at treasure-hunting, running a society of non-human creatures, or immersing yourself in avifauna. Popular Science, "Adventurous board games that take you to another world," 30 June 2020 All migratory bird hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry a valid Federal Duck Stamp while hunting. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Latest edition of federal duck stamp available for purchase," 28 June 2020 As a fiendish terrorist-thief hunting down an illicit $100 million payday in the high-altitude, high-octane thriller, Lithgow matched both wits and blows with Sylvester Stallone. Dan Snierson,, "John Lithgow reveals the roles that fans most recognize him for," 28 June 2020 The disturbing part, beyond the obvious butchery, is its association with hunting. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "A sharpshooting woman named Plinky, accidental litterbugs and a British lord with bloodlust," 27 June 2020 The state Senate approved a new bill, now kicking it to the Assembly, that would require the Department of Justice and gun stores to scrutinize hunting licenses during a waiting period before selling firearms. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "In CA: A surge in COVID-19 cases is breaking records, and wildfires heat up," 24 June 2020 Later, humans went a step further with their willingness to share the spoils with group members who didn’t participate in an outing of foraging or hunting. Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, "Why some people can't resist crowds despite the pandemic," 24 June 2020 The Jagere effectively blurs the lines between hunting and backcountry defense. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "Why The 10mm is The Ultimate Handgun Cartridge for Hunting and Personal Defense (Plus 8 of Best Pistols You Can Buy)," 23 June 2020 Gray, who also favors hunting, said too many people are feeding deer. cleveland, "South Euclid council committee, so far, favors hunting as best means of reducing deer population," 23 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Hunting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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