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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a bird of prey (=that hunts and eats small animals)
▪ A single bird of prey hovered overhead.
bird of prey
easy prey
▪ Tourists are easy prey for thieves.
▪ Like a wolf pack scenting easy prey, they dismounted and spread out.
▪ Men prowled the motel like packs of wolves searching out easy prey.
▪ More rarely, I watched them diving in the sea for sea urchins or other easy prey.
▪ We were barely moving through the water, an easy prey.
▪ The dams also render the animals easy prey for hunters and trap them when the water is drained for irrigation.
▪ Three groups are easy prey to the underclass's recruiting sergeant.
▪ It is easy prey - I've caught them myself.
▪ As a result, his party may look battered, easy prey for the Democrats.
▪ One other interesting example of feeding technology is the use of bait to catch prey.
▪ Snakes sometimes caught their prey here by dropping from above.
▪ All poisonous amphibia use their toxins as a means of self-defence and not to catch prey.
▪ The carnivorous digestive system would be useless without the means of catching prey.
▪ Foxes and other hunting animals need to know how far to pounce to catch their prey.
▪ By catching your prey off guard, you are in control of the situation, at least initially.
▪ They can also catch kinds of prey that they could not catch by themselves, such as buffalo.
▪ The king crabs have a nearly circular carapace, beneath which powerful legs helped the animal to swim and catch prey.
▪ The truth is that real man-eaters, those tigers that deliberately and consistently hunt human prey, are extremely rare.
▪ Cu Sith usually moved in complete silence, though would bark loudly three times when hunting his prey.
▪ The hedgerows and pasture where the owls hunt their prey are disappearing as farmers create bigger fields for intensive arable farming.
▪ A pride of lions hunting down a prey animal, such as a zebra, is one of nature's more awesome spectacles.
▪ Males are usually most involved in attacking predators and may collaborate to kill snakes as dangerous prey.
▪ The octopus has a poison glad that it uses for killing its prey.
▪ Because of the risk of injury and the need to kill prey quickly, predators usually predate animals smaller than themselves.
▪ These two lizards use their venom to kill their prey, which comprises small mammals such as mice and birds.
▪ Some animals, such as venomous snakes and spiders, inject venoms in order to immobilise and kill their prey.
▪ The octopus kills its prey, mainly small crabs, by biting them and injecting highly toxic saliva into the wound.
▪ Snake venoms have different effects, some simply weakening or disorienting, others paralysing or killing the prey.
fall victim/prey to sth/sb
▪ A number of woodcutters and honey-hunters have fallen victim to Sunderbans tigers.
▪ All these animals, and others, had fallen prey to the apprentice hunters.
▪ But he suddenly fell victim to his own pride and courage.
▪ Even Jim Harrick fell victim to the mood.
▪ It really seems as if some drivers fall prey to a death wish when freezing fog descends.
▪ Surely Cynthia didn't fall victim to the same fear?
▪ This way, Tucson can avoid falling prey to wildcat subdivisions on its fringes.
▪ You have to assume that Mobs will occasionally fall prey to animosity come what may.
prey on sb's mind
▪ But his main preoccupation was with the unfinished Requiem, which had begun to prey on his mind.
▪ Important items which are left have a habit of preying on the mind.
▪ It began to prey on my mind so much that I went to the casualty department of Charing Cross Hospital.
▪ It was Tatiana preying on his mind.
▪ Snakes track their prey by its scent.
▪ It is hardly surprising that in such environments, adolescents fall prey to peer pressure.
▪ Many birds of prey regurgitate pellets which contain the indigestible remains of their prey, including much of the bone.
▪ Men prowled the motel like packs of wolves searching out easy prey.
▪ Snakes sometimes caught their prey here by dropping from above.
▪ The toothed whales have a set of teeth which they use to grasp large and quick-moving prey, mainly squid or fish.
▪ These refugees fell prey to marauding gangs, even to troopers, or to one another.
▪ They become a prey to nameless and often unspoken fears.
▪ Thirdly, the species composition of the prey animals may be characteristic of particular predator types.
▪ Obviously the night-flying insects that they prey on must find their way about somehow.
▪ Important items which are left have a habit of preying on the mind.
▪ It began to prey on my mind so much that I went to the casualty department of Charing Cross Hospital.
▪ It was Tatiana preying on his mind.
▪ But his main preoccupation was with the unfinished Requiem, which had begun to prey on his mind.
▪ Now, once again, the thin reed of refugee protection has fallen prey to the winds of political expediency.
prey on sb's mind
▪ But his main preoccupation was with the unfinished Requiem, which had begun to prey on his mind.
▪ Important items which are left have a habit of preying on the mind.
▪ It began to prey on my mind so much that I went to the casualty department of Charing Cross Hospital.
▪ It was Tatiana preying on his mind.
▪ But his main preoccupation was with the unfinished Requiem, which had begun to prey on his mind.
▪ Consequently, the larger creatures that prey on them, the raptors, are fleeing starvation too.
▪ Ron Hunt said police have a responsibility to let parents know where those who might prey on children live.
▪ So, too, were the spiders that prey on them.
▪ You never were, although the slum people were complaining that a monster was preying on them.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Prey \Prey\, n. [OF. preie, F. proie, L. praeda, probably for praeheda. See Prehensile, and cf. Depredate, Predatory.] Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.

And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest.
--Num. xxxi. 12.

2. That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.

The old lion perisheth for lack of prey.
--Job iv. ii.

Already sees herself the monster's prey.

3. The act of devouring other creatures; ravage.

Hog in sloth, fox in stealth, . . . lion in prey.

Beast of prey, a carnivorous animal; one that feeds on the flesh of other animals.


Prey \Prey\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preyed; p. pr. & vb. n. Preying.] [OF. preier, preer, L. praedari, fr. praeda. See Prey, n.] To take booty; to gather spoil; to ravage; to take food by violence. More pity that the eagle should be mewed, While kites and buzzards prey at liberty. --Shak. To prey on or To prey upon.

  1. To take prey from; to despoil; to pillage; to rob.

  2. To seize as prey; to take for food by violence; to seize and devour.

  3. To wear away gradually; to cause to waste or pine away; as, the trouble preyed upon his mind.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "to plunder, pillage, ravage," from prey (n.) and in part from Old French preer, earlier preder (c.1040), from Late Latin praedare, from praeda (see prey (n.)). Its sense of "to kill and devour" is attested from mid-14c. Related: Preyed; preying.


mid-13c., "animal hunted for food," also "that which is taken in war," from Old French preie "booty, animal taken in the chase" (mid-12c., Modern French proie), from Latin praeda "booty, plunder, game hunted," earlier praeheda, literally "something seized before," from PIE *prai-heda-; for first element see prae-; second element related to the second element in prehendere "to grasp, seize" (see prehensile).


n. 1 (context archaic English) Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder. 2 That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim. 3 A living thing that is eaten by another living thing.

  1. n. a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence; "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game"; "the target of a manhunt" [syn: quarry, target, fair game]

  2. animal hunted or caught for food [syn: quarry]

  3. v. profit from in an exploitatory manner; "He feeds on her insecurity" [syn: feed]

  4. prey on or hunt for; "These mammals predate certain eggs" [syn: raven, predate]

Prey (novel)

Prey is a novel by Michael Crichton, first published in November 2002. An excerpt was published in the January–February 2003 issue of Seed. Like Jurassic Park, the novel serves as a cautionary tale about developments in science and technology; in this case, nanotechnology, genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.

The book features relatively new advances in the computing/scientific community, such as artificial life, emergence (and by extension, complexity), genetic algorithms, and agent-based computing. Fields such as population dynamics and host-parasite coevolution are also at the heart of the novel.

While the novel has yet to be adapted into a movie, film rights to the novel were purchased by 20th Century Fox.

Prey (disambiguation)

Prey are organisms attacked and eaten by other organisms.

Prey may also refer to:

Prey (album)

Prey is the eighth studio album by Swedish Gothic metal band Tiamat. It was released in 2003 on Century Media Records. Besides CD and Vinyl LP it also has a Limited Digipack edition which contains 2 video tracks, 'Cain' & 'The Making Of' along with exclusive wallpapers & screensavers.

The song "Cain" appeared in Troika Games' 2004 PC game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.

Prey (TV series)

Prey is a science-fiction television series that aired for one season (13 episodes) in 1998 on ABC. The series starred Debra Messing, Adam Storke, Larry Drake, Frankie Faison, James Morrison, and Vincent Ventresca.

Prey (Star Trek: Voyager)

"Prey" is the 84th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 16th episode of the fourth season.

Overview: A member of Species 8472 captured by the Hirogen penetrates Voyager.

Prey (2009 film)

Prey is a 2009 Australian supernatural horror film directed by George T. Miller, written by Miller and starring former Neighbours actress and Rogue Traders lead singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte, and American Jesse Johnson. It grossed $744 at the box office.

Prey (2007 film)

Prey is a 2007 psychological horror film based on a screenplay from Jeff Wadlow, Beau Bauman and was co-written and directed by Darrell Roodt, the film stars Bridget Moynahan, Peter Weller and Carly Schroeder.

Prey (miniseries)

Prey is a television crime thriller first broadcast on ITV, 28 April 2014 at 9pm. ITV first announced the new commission on their official Twitter account on 23 August 2013. A second series was announced in April 2015 and began airing on 9 December 2015.

Prey (2006 video game)

Prey is a first-person shooter video game developed by Human Head Studios, under contract for 3D Realms, and published by 2K Games, while the Xbox 360 version was ported by Venom Games. The game was initially released in North America and Europe on 11 July 2006. Prey uses a heavily modified version of id Tech 4 to use portals and variable gravity to create the environments the player explores.

The game's story is focused on Cherokee Domasi "Tommy" Tawodi as he, his girlfriend, and grandfather are abducted aboard an alien spaceship known as The Sphere as it consumes material, both inanimate and living, from Earth in order to sustain itself. Tommy's Cherokee past allows him to let his spirit roam freely at times, and gives Tommy an edge in his attempt to stop the Sphere.

Prey had been in development in one form or another since , and has had several major revisions. While the general approach to gameplay, including the use of portals, remained in the game, the story and setting changed several times. The game received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success, selling more than one million copies in the first two months of its release and leading to the abortive development of a sequel.

Since then, the rights to Prey were passed on to Bethesda Softworks, an American video game company known for their award-winning Elder Scrolls series, and are developing a reboot slated for release in 2017, with Arkane Studios, known for their also award-winning Dishonored franchise, and subsidiary of Bethesda, heading development on the reboot.

Prey (2017 video game)

Prey is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is scheduled for release in 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Though a sequel to the original Prey of 2006, it had been announced and in development by Human Head Studios shortly after the original's release. With rights being transferred from 3D Realms to Bethesda during the process, the game fell into development hell, and was eventually canceled by Bethesda in 2014. (Though they retained its intellectual property.) Bethesda announced Prey as a re-imagining of the original game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016, with the Austin, Texas branch of Arkane Studios now taking on development duties.

Prey (software)

Prey is a freemium web service for tracking and monitoring laptop and desktop computers, smartphones and other electronic devices capable of running software applications, mainly intended to help in cases of theft. The service is hosted by servers on the Internet, to which an open-source software agent on the tracked computer connects. The host can signal the agent, prompting it to reply with information about its current location, and can trigger various other actions. The user can log into the Prey site if the tracked device is stolen, and request information about its location.

Prey runs on most versions of Microsoft Windows (except Windows Mobile and Windows Phone), Linux, Android, OS X and iOS. The computer version of the Prey agent is written primarily in Bash, while the mobile counterparts are written in their native languages, Java and Objective-C.

All of the client-side source code is published on GitHub and distributed under the GNU General Public License; the server code is proprietary, although an open source version is available for public use.

When the device is connected to the Internet after Prey has been asked for information (typically after theft), the Prey server asks the software agent to send location information, which is made available to the owner.

Prey (1977 film)

Prey (known as Alien Prey in some markets) is a 1977 British independent science fiction horror film directed by Norman J. Warren and starring Barry Stokes, Glory Annen and Sally Faulkner. Some critics consider the plot, which concerns two lesbian lovers and the interruption of their secluded life together by a male (and extraterrestrial) outsider, to be influenced by D. H. Lawrence's 1922 novella The Fox. It has been likened to a vampire or zombie film and has also been described as an example of the exploitation (or sexploitation) genre.

Prey (The Neighbourhood song)

"Prey" is a song by American rock group The Neighbourhood. It was released on October 15, 2015 on Spotify as the third single of their second album " Wiped Out!" that was released on October 30th 2015.

Prey (The Walking Dead)

"Prey" is the fourteenth episode of the third season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead, which originally aired on AMC in the United States on March 17, 2013. In this episode, The Governor ( David Morrissey) hunts down Andrea ( Laurie Holden) when she flees Woodbury, and tensions arise within Tyreese ( Chad L. Coleman)'s group. Meanwhile, a traitor attempts to sabotage the upcoming meeting between Rick ( Andrew Lincoln) and The Governor.

The episode was met with generally positive reviews, and was watched by 10.84 million viewers upon its original airing.

Usage examples of "prey".

The Culture - the real Culture, the wily ones, not these semi-mystical Elenchers with their miserable hankering to be somebody else - had been known to give whole Affronter fleets the run-around for several months with not dissimilar enticements and subterfuges, keeping them occupied, seemingly on the track of some wildly promising prey which turned out to be nothing at all, or a Culture ship with some ridiculous but earnestly argued excuse, while the Culture or one of its snivelling client species got on - or away - with something else somewhere else, spoiling rightful Affronter fun.

The allosaurs too went into steep decline across the supercontinent as their prey animals became scarce.

I took her to London on her eighteenth birthday to see a play at Drury Lane she fell prey to the allure of the theatre.

A lovely female kidnap victim had had the bad luck to fall prey to a captor with a taste for anal rape and a cock like a club.

Timour might boast, that, at his accession to the throne, Asia was the prey of anarchy and rapine, whilst under his prosperous monarchy a child, fearless and unhurt, might carry a purse of gold from the East to the West.

The whole became the prey of the Allies, who published a bulletin announcing this important capture.

But the excited Carolinians would not wait, because they feared that the arrival of reinforcements might balk them of their easy prey.

Blake bestrode had faced many a savage cat, and larger, too, by far than this one, and so he fell into his charging stride with no show of fear or nervousness and the two thundered down upon Sheeta while the creature that was to have been its prey looked on with wide, astounded eyes.

He dragged Bonner half-upright and staggered erect, his prey on his shoulder, clumsy, heavy.

The ill-fated Theocracy invasion had taught the predators of Boronia that human beings were easy prey.

Which frequently happened, since Brit was becoming a prey to rheumatism that sometimes kept him in bed, and Frank occasionally indulged himself in a gallon or so of bad whisky and suffered afterwards from a badly deranged digestion.

The burrowers were locked into intricate ecological cycles involving the abundance of the vegetation and insects they browsed, and the carnivores who preyed on them in turn.

But nothing could check their fury: with loud cries and flashing weapons they fell upon the enemy, who burthened by their prey, and wearied by their very outrages, could ill resist men fighting to avenge their desolated hearths.

THOUGH a prey to that most burthensome of cares--the uneasy consciousness of an impalpable yet ever-threatening evil--Theydon was not blind to the humorous element in the present situation.

They again, having to provide themselves with food and clothes, and yet having to work for him, are led to prey on the defenceless population, from whom, in the name of their Rajah-master, they extort whatever there is to get, and on whom they sometimes visit those cruelties which they have themselves already experienced.