spe·​lunk·​ing | \ spi-ˈləŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce spelunking (audio) , ˈspē-ˌləŋ-\

Definition of spelunking

: the hobby or practice of exploring caves

Examples of spelunking in a Sentence

Her hobbies include hiking, biking, and spelunking. They love to go spelunking.

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Some have seen their task as psychic spelunking, deep exploratory work that can only be undermined by literary preciousness. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019 Accessible by elevator as well as on foot, this might be the perfect place to ease yourself into spelunking. Nicole Clausing, Sunset, "Spelunking the West: 10 Great Scenic Caves to Explore," 22 Jan. 2018 His first spelunking expedition there in 1982 ventured into national parklands due west of Nosy Ankao, Miavana’s island. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018 Years later, after much of the world has moved on and From Software is making new games, the Prospectors still go spelunking within Bloodborne with surprising regularity. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Bloodborne’s most hardcore players find new secrets three years after release," 20 June 2018 And to his surprise Miller has been intrigued by some of what's been unearthed by the sonic spelunking. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Steve Miller Reveals Plans for Joint Live Album With Tourmate Peter Frampton," 15 June 2018 Here are five facts about the tunnel for those planning on urban spelunking into Boston’s past (on this tour or an upcoming one): 1. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "5 facts about the abandoned T tunnel under City Hall Plaza you may get a chance to tour," 16 May 2018 Sports and Outdoor Saturday – Bowling, an IndyCar race and spelunking are just some of the 21 discounts being offered May 12. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana state parks, museums and more to offer freebies, discounts in May," 1 May 2018 Jacobs' ancestral journey begins the way all great genetic spelunking begins these days: by spitting into a tube. Eric Weiner, Philly.com, "'It's All Relative': Tracking family connections in a quest for world peace," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spelunking

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spelunking

spelunk(er) + -ing entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spelunking

US : the sport or practice of exploring or studying caves

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