Find the word definition

Crossword clues for hunting

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a fishing/hunting licence (=a licence that allows you to fish/hunt)
▪ He renewed his hunting license.
a hunting expedition
▪ He was joined on his hunting expedition by two local guides.
bargain hunting
▪ They're off to do some bargain hunting at the January sales.
house hunting (=the activity of looking at houses that you might buy)
▪ Have you had any success with your house hunting?
hunting ground
▪ Madeira used to be a happy hunting ground for antique collectors.
illegal parking/gambling/hunting etc
▪ The fines for illegal parking are likely to increase.
parade/hunting/burial etc ground
▪ These fields served as a hunting ground for the local people.
▪ The rivers are used as dumping grounds for industrial waste.
▪ He is buried in sacred ground.
the hunting/shooting/fishing season
▪ Autumn was traditionally the hunting season.
▪ Calls to end hare and fox hunting were defeated.
▪ He said fox hunting was a cruel practice and should be condemned.
▪ Staff there were looking forward to the event until they realised that the Princess regularly went fox hunting.
▪ On a somewhat more controversial issue, Mr Milburn and Mr Bergg said they would support a ban on fox hunting.
▪ He had no strong views on fox hunting, he just went for a cheap day out.
▪ They were interested spectators while he played polo, went fishing or fox hunting.
▪ Of course they were. Fox hunting is an evil and cruel pastime.
▪ Time allowed 00:36 Read in studio Fox hunting is to be banned from all county council-owned land in Northamptonshire.
▪ Junk shops and smaller museums became a more satisfactory hunting ground for her.
▪ Scandinavia was a happy hunting ground for him and he did the same for Nicolai Gedda.
▪ Some will not visit their usual hunting grounds for weeks.
▪ As well as keeping their eyes peeled for surface coins and jewellery, beachcombers also look for non-metal items on their foreshore hunting grounds.
▪ The one thing missing was an appearance by the man himself, but he was probably out job hunting.
▪ Last summer it'd had topped 14,000 and today almost 20,000 people find the job hunting tough going.
▪ Transcripts are also available on demand to support any student in job hunting while still on the Course.
▪ Built as a hunting lodge for the Deer Park it is said to be haunted by a huntsman in green!
▪ A grand Royal hunting lodge in Robin's day stood in a clearing in the wilderness in Sherwood Forest.
▪ This old hunting lodge began to deteriorate and when I was last there only one room was habitable.
▪ Two-thirds of the output from its factories is for civilian use - washing machines, prams and hunting rifles, for instance.
▪ So might Gianluigi's hunting rifle, for that matter.
▪ The gun case had room for six hunting rifles and there were two drawers underneath which were not locked.
▪ For the rest of the hunting season, the saboteurs will play a cat and mouse game with the huntsmen.
▪ Sam doesn't worry too much about hunting seasons.
▪ There is a deal of social activity now for the hunting season.
▪ Another county council could introduce a similar ban before the hunting season begins.
▪ New club Efforts are now under way to form a treasure hunting club in the Chester area.
▪ It was you who took Sybil treasure hunting in that condemned house.
▪ Currently I am selling a range of large and colourful A3 size photo-posters depicting scenes of treasure hunting and metal detecting.
▪ Learn a little about the likely finds and you can add a valuable second income to your usual treasure hunting activities.
▪ They wanted them to vote against a motion to ban hunting on all county council owned land.
▪ It was the third time in five years the council had considered a motion to ban hunting.
▪ Time allowed 00:19 Read in studio Another county council has voted to ban fox hunting on publicly-owned land.
▪ Supporters of the campaign two years ago to ban hunting, believe this time they will win.
▪ The man who'd led the fight to ban hunting since the Tories lost control of Wiltshire had the scent of victory.
▪ Oh my, I think we're going hunting.
▪ Staff there were looking forward to the event until they realised that the Princess regularly went fox hunting.
▪ You tell your lover boy next time he goes lion hunting he should get himself just a little better organized.
▪ Rufus told himself now was no time to go hunting for libraries, he would go home first.
▪ They were interested spectators while he played polo, went fishing or fox hunting.
▪ The bear used to go hunting, and bring home game for both of them.
▪ One Sunday, he went hunting with his fierce black mastiffs, stopping only to swig at a flask of strong drink.
a happy/good hunting ground (for sth)
▪ I pass up a roadside rest area, a happy hunting ground for new cars and ready cash.
▪ In the early years of this century, many a collector found Madeira a happy hunting ground.
▪ Scandinavia was a happy hunting ground for him and he did the same for Nicolai Gedda.
▪ Job hunting takes a lot of effort and can be a long, depressing process.
▪ A gunman wearing a hunting outfit killed 13 people at the University of Montreal yesterday before committing suicide.
▪ Becky Blandford, who's still seriously ill more than forty eight hours after a hunting accident.
▪ Carnivores can also adjust the size of the hunting party to the kind of prey being sought.
▪ Diana later realized that Camilla saw Charles's love of hunting as a conduit to maintaining her own friendship.
▪ Oh my, I think we're going hunting.
▪ Since hunting was stopped about twenty years ago, the behaviour of the seals has changed dramatically.
▪ They're hunting, and you're hiding.
▪ They can not be predicted, and amateurs have a fine record in nova hunting.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hunt \Hunt\ (h[u^]nt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hunted; p. pr. & vb. n. Hunting.] [AS. huntian to hunt; cf. hentan to follow, pursue, Goth. hin?an (in comp.) to seize. [root]36. Cf. Hent.]

  1. To search for or follow after, as game or wild animals; to chase; to pursue for the purpose of catching or killing; to follow with dogs or guns for sport or exercise; as, to hunt a deer.

    Like a dog, he hunts in dreams.

  2. To search diligently after; to seek; to pursue; to follow; -- often with out or up; as, to hunt up the facts; to hunt out evidence.

    Evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
    --Ps. cxl. 11.

  3. To drive; to chase; -- with down, from, away, etc.; as, to hunt down a criminal; he was hunted from the parish.

  4. To use or manage in the chase, as hounds.

    He hunts a pack of dogs.

  5. To use or traverse in pursuit of game; as, he hunts the woods, or the country.

  6. (Change Ringing) To move or shift the order of (a bell) in a regular course of changes.


Hunting \Hunt"ing\, n. The pursuit of game or of wild animals.
--A. Smith.

Happy hunting grounds, the region to which, according to the belief of American Indians, the souls of warriors and hunters pass after death, to be happy in hunting and feasting.

Hunting box. Same As Hunting lodge (below).

Hunting cat (Zo["o]l.), the cheetah.

Hunting cog (Mach.), a tooth in the larger of two geared wheels which makes its number of teeth prime to the number in the smaller wheel, thus preventing the frequent meeting of the same pairs of teeth.

Hunting dog (Zo["o]l.), the hyena dog.

Hunting ground, a region or district abounding in game; esp. (pl.), the regions roamed over by the North American Indians in search of game.

Hunting horn, a bulge; a horn used in the chase. See Horn, and Bulge.

Hunting leopard (Zo["o]l.), the cheetah.

Hunting lodge, a temporary residence for the purpose of hunting.

Hunting seat, a hunting lodge.

Hunting shirt, a coarse shirt for hunting, often of leather.

Hunting spider (Zo["o]l.), a spider which hunts its prey, instead of catching it in a web; a wolf spider.

Hunting watch. See Hunter, 6.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English huntung, verbal noun from hunt (v.).


n. 1 Chase and killing animals for sport or to get food. 2 Looking for something, especially for a job or flat. 3 (context engineering English) Fluctuating around a central value without stabilizing. vb. (present participle of hunt English)

  1. n. the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport [syn: hunt]

  2. the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone [syn: search, hunt]

  3. the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts [syn: hunt]


Hunting is the practice of killing or trapping any animal, or pursuing or tracking it with the intent of doing so. Hunting wildlife or feral animals is most commonly done by humans for food, recreation, to remove predators which are dangerous to humans or domestic animals, or for trade. In the 2010s, lawful hunting is distinguished from poaching, which is the illegal killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species. The species that are hunted are referred to as game or prey and are usually mammals and birds.

Hunting can also be a means of pest control. Hunting advocates state that hunting can be a necessary component of modern wildlife management, for example, to help maintain a population of healthy animals within an environment's ecological carrying capacity when natural checks such as predators are absent or very rare. However, hunting has also heavily contributed to the endangerment, extirpation and extinction of many animals.

The pursuit, capture and release, or capture for food of fish is called fishing, which is not commonly categorised as a form of hunting. It is also not considered hunting to pursue animals without intent to kill them, as in wildlife photography, birdwatching, or scientific research activities which involve tranquilizing and/or tagging of animals or birds. The practice of foraging or gathering materials from plants and mushrooms is also considered separate from hunting.

Skillful tracking and acquisition of an elusive target has caused the word hunt to be used in the vernacular as a metaphor, as in treasure hunting, "bargain hunting", and even "hunting down corruption and waste".

Hunting (disambiguation)

Hunting is the practice of pursuing animals to capture or kill them.

Hunting may also refer to:

Hunting (Carracci)

Hunting (or Hunting Scene) is a painting by Italian artist Annibale Carracci, painted before 1595 and given to Louis XIV by Prince Camillo Pamphili in 1665. It is currently held and exhibited at the Louvre in Paris.

Hunting (film)

Hunting is a 1991 Australian drama film written and directed by Frank Howson, starring John Savage, Kerry Armstrong (nominated for AFI Best Actress) and Guy Pearce.

Hunting (surname)

Hunting is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • John Hunting, English football referee
  • John R. Hunting, American philanthropist
  • Tom Hunting (born 1965), American drummer

Usage examples of "hunting".

Why, Abigail could best nearly any boy in the county at what were deemed masculine pursuits: hunting, riding and climbing trees.

By his secrecy and diligence he entertained some hopes of surprising the person of Constans, who was pursuing in the adjacent forest his favorite amusement of hunting, or perhaps some pleasures of a more private and criminal nature.

Purple Rocks, taking the bodies back to the coast in Ruathen barrels, putting them on a caravel set adrift in the known path of the Waterdhavian hunting vessel.

The herd paused for an instant at the edge of the slope, but Akela gave tongue in the full hunting yell, and they pitched over one after the other just as steamers shoot rapids, the sand and stones spurting up round them.

Ever since Akela had been deposed, the Pack had been without a leader, hunting and fighting at their own pleasure.

After all, the Alaunt were hunting hounds and their master had wielded the Wolven.

Anyway, it seems that one of their innumerable holidays was about to conclude on Amado III when the climate controller monitoring equipment took itself off-line to go hunting for this mythical suprahuman intelligence.

An ancient spacefaring race the Linyaari knew only as the Ancestral Friends had saved the ki-lin from primitive and brutal humans who were hunting them to extinction on Terra, and brought them through the cosmos to Vhiliinyar, where they had thrived once again.

The young man must be a brazen sinner, too far gone for hunting to hurt him, who will ride with Anonyma in the field.

He was a natural horseman and an excellent shot with bow, arbalest and rifle, and often went off by himself for days at a time, hunting in the high ranges of hills where the Breas ran white and fast through the locks and ponds of the old canal system.

In her dream Ashe sought her endlessly, hunting her wherever she went.

But hee returning against them with furious force, pryed with his eyes, on whom hee might first assayle with his tuskes : Lepolemus strooke the beast first on the backe with his hunting staffe.

Work in the project for twenty years, for example, and at the age of fifty - in some cases, even earlier - you can have a wide choice of retirements - an estate somewhere on Auk world, a villa on a paradise world, a hunting lodge in another world where there is a variety of game that is unbelievable.

Tulie had almost always found a way to join hunting parties, even when she had small children, and the Aurochs Hearth was well represented.

Once more they landed at a short distance from Constantinople, and Rother bade his men hide in a thicket, while he went into the city, disguised as a pilgrim, and carrying under his robe a hunting horn, which he promised to sound should he at any time find himself in danger.