- the act of a person, animal, or thing that hunts.
- Electricity. the periodic oscillating of a rotating electromechanical system about a mean space position, as in a synchronous motor.
- of, for, engaged in, or used while hunting: a hunting cap.
Origin of hunting
- to chase or search for (game or other wild animals) for the purpose of catching or killing.
- to pursue with force, hostility, etc., in order to capture (often followed by down): They hunted him down and hanged him.
- to search for; seek; endeavor to obtain or find (often followed by up or out): to hunt up the most promising candidates for the position.
- to search (a place) thoroughly.
- to scour (an area) in pursuit of game.
- to use or direct (a horse, hound, etc.) in chasing game.
- Change Ringing. to alter the place of (a bell) in a hunt.
- to engage in the pursuit, capture, or killing of wild animals for food or in sport.
- to make a search or quest (often followed by for or after).
- Change Ringing. to alter the place of a bell in its set according to certain rules.
- an act or practice of hunting game or other wild animals.
- a search; a seeking or endeavor to find.
- a pursuit.
- a group of persons associated for the purpose of hunting; an association of hunters.
- an area hunted over.
- Change Ringing. a regularly varying order of permutations in the ringing of a group of from five to twelve bells.
Origin of hunt
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Examples from the Web for hunting
Viscount Mandeville, like many British aristocrats, had met her in the U.S. while “hunting” for an American wife.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
Does wildlife campaigner Prince Charles's hunting habit make him a hypocrite?Prince Charles Photographed Shooting, Charges of Animal Cruelty and Royal Hypocrisy Reignited
December 1, 2014
With delisting, relaxed regulations, and hunting quotas, you might add in another one or two hundred dead grizzlies.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Other human practices, like the hunting and consumption of wild animals for food, provide other opportunities for spillover.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved
November 12, 2014
I will move into the White House, but keep an apartment in New York, a house in Beverly Hills and a hunting box in Central Park.What Joan Rivers Said She Would Do If She Were Dictator of America
September 5, 2014
There were also Shamans of hunting, of medicine and priestcraft.The Trail Book
She was fond of hunting, and could shoot at a mark with wonderful skill.Biographical Stories
No, sir, the person he was hunting for was a man with a hundred camels.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
In fact, Simba was at the moment sharpening his hunting knife in preparation.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"'Twould be like hunting for a pin in a haystack," said the Rev. Hilary Jones.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- the pursuit and killing or capture of game and wild animals, regarded as a sport
- (as modifier)hunting boots; hunting lodge
- to seek out and kill or capture (game or wild animals) for food or sport
- (intr often foll by for) to look (for); search (for)to hunt for a book; to hunt up a friend
- (tr) to use (hounds, horses, etc) in the pursuit of wild animals, game, etcto hunt a pack of hounds
- (tr) to search or draw (country) to hunt wild animals, game, etcto hunt the parkland
- (tr often foll by down) to track or chase diligently, esp so as to captureto hunt down a criminal
- (tr; usually passive) to persecute; hound
- (intr) (of a gauge indicator, engine speed, etc) to oscillate about a mean value or position
- (intr) (of an aircraft, rocket, etc) to oscillate about a flight path
- the act or an instance of hunting
- chase or search, esp of animals or game
- the area of a hunt
- a party or institution organized for the pursuit of wild animals or game, esp for sport
- the participants in or members of such a party or institution
- in the hunt informal having a chance of successthat result keeps us in the hunt See also hunt down, hunt up
- Henry, known as Orator Hunt . 1773–1835, British radical, who led the mass meeting that ended in the Peterloo Massacre (1819)
- (William) Holman. 1827–1910, British painter; a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848)
- James. 1947–93, British motor-racing driver: world champion 1976
- (Henry Cecil) John, Baron. 1910–98, British army officer and mountaineer. He planned and led the expedition that first climbed Mount Everest (1953)
- (James Henry) Leigh (liː). 1784–1859, British poet and essayist: a founder of The Examiner (1808) in which he promoted the work of Keats and Shelley
Word Origin and History for hunting
Old English huntung, verbal noun from hunt (v.).
Old English huntian "chase game," related to hentan "to seize," from Proto-Germanic *huntojan (cf. Gothic hinþan "to seize, capture," Old High German hunda "booty"), from PIE *kend-.
General sense of "search diligently" (for anything) is first recorded c.1200. Related: Hunted; hunting. Happy hunting-grounds "Native American afterlife paradise" is from "Last of the Mohicans" (1826).
early 12c., from hunt (v.). Meaning "body of persons associated for the purpose of hunting with a pack of hounds" is first recorded 1570s.
Idioms and Phrases with hunting
see happy hunting ground; high and low, (hunt); run with (the hare, hunt with the hounds).