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prospecting

[ pros-pek-ting ]
/ ˈprɒs pɛk tɪŋ /
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noun
the activity of searching for valuable natural resources, as gold or oil: Foreign energy companies continue to explore for offshore oil, even though international agencies say the prospecting violates international law.
the activity of searching for something, especially prospective or likely customers, clients, etc.:Calling expired listings, knocking on doors to introduce yourself, and placing cold calls from lists of names all come under the umbrella of prospecting.
adjective
of or relating to the activity of searching for valuable natural resources:The mine has two shafts 600 feet apart: a prospecting shaft over 150 feet deep, and a double compartment shaft over which hoisting machinery is to be placed.Following a stint as a prospecting geologist in northern Ontario, he enrolled in a PhD program in the UK.
of or relating to the activity of searching for something, especially prospective or likely customers, clients, etc.:The number of days between initial contact and a deal’s closing date is used to calculate the average number of days in the prospecting cycle.
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Origin of prospecting

prospect + -ing1 for the noun senses; prospect + -ing2 for the adjective senses
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