whaling

noun
whal·​ing | \ˈhwā-liŋ, ˈwā-\

Definition of whaling 

: the occupation of catching and extracting commercial products from whales

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Japan responded by revoking its recognition of the International Court of Justice as an arbiter of whaling disputes, according to the Maritime Executive. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Japan Killed 112 Pregnant Whales in the Name of Scientific Research," 30 May 2018 The commission banned commercial whaling in the 1980s, but Japan is proposing this year to reinstitute it with catch limits. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Proposal to create whale sanctuary in S Atlantic defeated," 11 Sep. 2018 Housed in another converted historic 19th-century home built by a whaling ship owner, The Charlotte Inn is the only Relais & Chateaux property on the island. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "This Martha’s Vineyard Town Is Like the Hamptons Without the Crowds," 13 Aug. 2018 And then, perhaps, the pendulum swung too far in the other direction, giving Nantucket—an old whaling village with a history as a blue-collar town—a bit too much chic. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Inside Hotel Pippa, the Buzziest New Place to Stay on Nantucket," 1 Aug. 2018 The narrative also has its share of overlong digressions, ranging from the whaling industry to Amelia Earhart. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "Book Review: The Perils of a Pathfinder," 19 July 2018 Alaska's bowheads, once decimated by commercial whaling that ended about a century ago, reached 17,000 during the last population count in 2011. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Bowhead whales, dwellers of icy seas, enjoy steady growth off Alaska in the age of climate change," 13 May 2018 Brought up in both a traditional and contemporary way of life, Eben takes part in the community spring and fall food gathering, including whaling hunts alongside his community. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program Is Bringing Awareness to Environmental and Community Issues in Alaska," 24 Sep. 2018 But a Civil War-era tax on alcohol, meant to target drinking, knocked that fuel out of the market, while Confederate ships decimated the New England whaling fleet. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Energy: A Human History,’ by Richard Rhodes," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of whaling

1688, in the meaning defined above

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whaling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whaling

: the job or business of hunting whales

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