verb (used with object)
to chase or search for (game or other wild animals) for the purpose of catching or killing.
to pursue with force, hostility, etc., in order to capture (often followed by down):
They hunted him down and hanged him.
to search for; seek; endeavor to obtain or find (often followed by up or out):
to hunt up the most promising candidates for the position.
to search (a place) thoroughly.
to scour (an area) in pursuit of game.
to use or direct (a horse, hound, etc.) in chasing game.
Change Ringing. to alter the place of (a bell) in a hunt.
verb (used without object)
to engage in the pursuit, capture, or killing of wild animals for food or in sport.
to make a search or quest (often followed by for or after).
Change Ringing. to alter the place of a bell in its set according to certain rules.
an act or practice of hunting game or other wild animals.
a search; a seeking or endeavor to find.
a group of persons associated for the purpose of hunting; an association of .
an area hunted over.
Change Ringing. a regularly varying order of permutations in the ringing of a group of from five to twelve bells.
to seek out and kill or capture (game or wild animals) for food or sport
(intransitive) often foll by for. to look (for); search (for): to hunt for a book, to hunt up a friend
(transitive) to use (hounds, horses, etc) in the pursuit of wild animals, game, etc: to hunt a pack of hounds
(transitive) to search or draw (country) to hunt wild animals, game, etc: to hunt the parkland
(transitive) often foll by down. to track or chase diligently, esp so as to capture: to hunt down a criminal
(transitive; usually passive) to persecute; hound
(intransitive) (of a gauge indicator, engine speed, etc) to oscillate about a mean value or position
(intransitive) (of an aircraft, rocket, etc) to oscillate about a flight path
the act or an instance of hunting
chase or search, esp of animals or game
the area of a hunt
a party or institution organized for the pursuit of wild animals or game, esp for sport
the participants in or members of such a party or institution
(informal) in the hunt, having a chance of success: that result keeps us in the hunt See also hunt down, hunt up
Henry, known as Orator Hunt. 1773–1835, British radical, who led the mass meeting that ended in the Peterloo Massacre (1819)
(William) Holman. 1827–1910, British painter; a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848)
James. 1947–93, British motor-racing driver: world champion 1976
(Henry Cecil) John, Baron. 1910–98, British army officer and mountaineer. He planned and led the expedition that first climbed Mount Everest (1953)
(James Henry) Leigh (liː). 1784–1859, British poet and essayist: a founder of The Examiner (1808) in which he promoted the work of Keats and Shelley
Old English huntian “chase game,” related to hentan “to seize,” from Proto-Germanic *huntojan (cf. Gothic hinþan “to seize, capture,” Old High German hunda “booty”), from PIE *kend-.
General sense of “search diligently” (for anything) is first recorded c.1200. Related: Hunted; hunting. Happy hunting-grounds “Native American afterlife paradise” is from “Last of the Mohicans” (1826).
early 12c., from hunt (v.). Meaning “body of persons associated for the purpose of hunting with a pack of hounds” is first recorded 1570s.
[huhnts-muh n] /ˈhʌnts mən/ noun, plural huntsmen. 1. the member of a staff who manages the hounds during the . 2. a hunter. /ˈhʌntsmən/ noun (pl) -men 1. a person who hunts 2. a person who looks after and trains hounds, and manages them during a hunt
[huhnts-vil] /ˈhʌnts vɪl/ noun 1. a city in N Alabama: rocket and missile center. 2. a city in E Texas. 3. a town in SE Ontario, in S Canada: summer resort. /ˈhʌntsvɪl/ noun 1. a city in NE Alabama: space-flight and guided-missile research centre. Pop: 164 237 (2003 est)
- Hunt the slipper
noun 1. a children’s game in which the players look for a hidden slipper or other object, such as a thimble (hunt the thimble)
- Hunt the wumpus
games, history (Or “Wumpus”) /wuhm’p*s/ A famous fantasy computer game, created by Gregory Yob in about 1973. Hunt the Wumpus appeared in Creative Computing, Vol 1, No 5, Sep – Oct 1975, where Yob says he had come up with the game two years previously, after seeing the grid-based games Hurkle, Snark and Mugwump at […]