To chase down prey and (usually) kill it.
* Bible, Genesis xxvii. 5
- Esau went to the field to hunt for venison.
* 2010 , Backyard deer hunting: converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound (ISBN 1449084354), page 10:
- Like a dog, he hunts in dreams.
- State Wildlife Management Areas often offer licensed hunters the opportunity to hunt deer on public lands.
To try to find something; search.
* (William Shakespeare)
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- He after honour hunts , I after love.
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* 2004 , Prill Boyle, Defying Gravity: A Celebration of Late-Blooming Women (ISBN 1578601541), page 119:
* 2011 , Ann Major, Nobody's Child (ISBN 1459271939):
- My idea of retirement was to hunt seashells, play golf, and do a lot of walking.
- What kind of woman came to an island and stayed there through a violent storm and then got up the next morning to hunt seashells? She had fine, delicate features with high cheekbones and the greenest eyes he'd ever seen.
To drive; to chase; with down'', ''from'', ''away , etc.
- The police are hunting for evidence.
- to hunt down a criminal
To use or manage (dogs, horses, etc.) in hunting.
- He was hunted from the parish.
- He hunts a pack of dogs.
To use or traverse in pursuit of game.
- He hunts the woods, or the country.
* hunt where the ducks are
* that dog won't hunt
The act of hunting.
A hunting expedition.
An organization devoted to hunting, or the people belonging to such an organization (capitalized if the name of a specific organization).
* treasure hunt
To collect; normally separate things.
- I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.
# Especially, to harvest food.
- She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.
# To accumulate over time, to amass little by little.
- We went to gather some blackberries from the nearby lane.
# To congregate, or assemble.
- Over the years he'd gathered a considerable collection of mugs.
- People gathered round as he began to tell his story.
# To grow gradually larger by accretion.
#* Francis Bacon
- Tears from the depth of some divine despair / Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes.
To bring parts of a whole closer.
- Their snowball did not gather as it went.
# (sewing) To add pleats or folds to a piece of cloth, normally to reduce its width.
- She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.
# (knitting) To bring stitches closer together.
- A gown should be gathered around the top so that it will remain shaped.
- Be careful not to stretch or gather your knitting.
# (architecture) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as for example where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue.
# (nautical) To haul in; to take up.
- If you want to emphasise the shape, it is possible to gather the waistline.
To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.
- to gather the slack of a rope
- From his silence, I gathered that things had not gone well.
(intransitive, medicine, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus
- I gather from Aunty May that you had a good day at the match.
(glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.
To gain; to win.
- Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.
- He gathers ground upon her in the chase.
A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
(glassblowing) A blob of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe.
* gathering iron