whal·ing | \ˈhwā-liŋ, ˈwā-\

Definition of whaling 

: the occupation of catching and extracting commercial products from whales

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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 So the story of the first half so far is Germany whaling on Sweden like a dusty rug for 15 minutes, and then the Swedes nearly taking the lead with their first and only chance. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Germany’s World Cup Is Saved in the Blink of an Eye (and Flick of a Foot)," 24 June 2018 The original is too fragile for that, so a digital copy recreates the experience as visitors watch from on and around the whaling vessel Lagoda. BostonGlobe.com, "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 15 June 2018 The whaling industry has touched the fates of families and communities around the globe, and this museum works diligently to get as much of that complex history into its labyrinth of galleries. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 In the mid-19th century, or so the story goes, a doctor from Hamburg began touting the island’s exquisite air and the first well-to-do vacationers arrived, gradually transforming Sylt’s ancient whaling villages into seaside resorts. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Martha’s Vineyard of Germany Is Vanishing Into the Sea," 25 June 2018 Residents of San Diego, including Albert Smith, took refuge from the Californios by boarding the whaling ship Cyane, anchored offshore. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Richard Smith joins 172-year family history of Old Town flag-waving," 23 June 2018 In his telling, the American Revolution helped damage the whaling industry, and the Napoleonic Wars helped spur advances in the steam engine by increasing the demand for horses and, therefore, the cost of transporting them and their fodder. New York Times, "A History of the Energy We Have Consumed," 18 June 2018 Over channel 72, these volunteers communicate with whaling camps far out on the ice. The Economist, "Whaling in Alaska," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of whaling

1688, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of whaling

: the job or business of hunting whales

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