prospecting generally was done by organized parties numbering anywhere from five to fifty men.
“prospecting” is generally taken to mean searching for gold.
prospecting for valuable metals by electricity has been recently introduced in Wales with remarkable success.
prospecting of the sort they did, besides proving unfruitful, is not comfortable.
prospecting of the bed has proved very satisfactory, and the shares in the company's stock have sold at a high rate.
"prospecting trips" is the name Edwards gives to his frequent journeys to the publishing center of the country.
The one who afterwards gave the name of Dunn, answered, 'prospecting a little.'
prospecting for alluvial gold at shallow depths is a comparatively easy process, requiring no great amount of technical knowledge.
prospecting to find out just how much that hundred thousand or two or three you've sunk in me is worth.
prospecting the higher slopes, silver ore was discovered, and a host of miners came in, and began digging on all the hills.
early 15c., "act of looking into the distance," from Latin prospectus "distant view, look out; sight, faculty of sight," noun use of past participle of prospicere "look out on, look forward," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meaning "extensive view of the landscape" is from 1530s; transferred sense of "mental view or survey" is from 1620s. Sense of "person or thing considered promising" is from 1922. Prospects "expectations, things looked forward to" is from 1660s.
"explore for gold, examine land with a view to a mining claim," 1841, from prospect (n.) in specialized sense of "spot giving prospects of ore" (1832). Earlier in a sense "look forth, look out over" (1550s), from Latin prospectare. Related: Prospected; prospecting.