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.

before 950; Middle English huntung (noun), Old English huntung(e). See hunt, -ing1, -ing2

antihunting, noun, adjective
nonhunting, adjective Unabridged
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hunting (ˈhʌntɪŋ)
Related: venatic
 a.  the pursuit and killing or capture of game and wild animals, regarded as a sport
 b.  (as modifier): hunting boots; hunting lodge
Related: venatic

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Word Origin & History

O.E. huntian "chase game," related to hentan "to seize," from P.Gmc. *khuntojan (cf. Goth. hinþan "to seize, capture," O.H.G. hunda "booty"), from PIE *kend-. General sense of "search diligently" (for anything) is first recorded c.1200. The noun meaning "body of persons associated for the purpose
of hunting with a pack of hounds" is first recorded 1579. Happy hunting-grounds "Native American afterlife paradise" is from "Last of the Mohicans" (1826).
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Bible Dictionary

Hunting definition

mentioned first in Gen. 10:9 in connection with Nimrod. Esau was "a cunning hunter" (Gen. 25:27). Hunting was practised by the Hebrews after their settlement in the "Land of Promise" (Lev. 17:15; Prov. 12:27). The lion and other ravenous beasts were found in Palestine (1 Sam. 17:34; 2 Sam. 23:20; 1 Kings 13:24; Ezek. 19:3-8), and it must have been necessary to hunt and destroy them. Various snares and gins were used in hunting (Ps. 91:3; Amos 3:5; 2 Sam. 23:20). War is referred to under the idea of hunting (Jer. 16:16; Ezek. 32:30).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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