• To find or search for an animal in the wild with the intention of killing the animal for its meat or for sport.
  • To try to find something; search (for).
  • To drive; to chase; with down, from, away, etc.
  • To use or manage (dogs, horses, etc.) in hunting.
  • To use or traverse in pursuit of game.
  • To move or shift the order of (a bell) in a regular course of changes.
  • To shift up and down in order regularly.
  • To be in a state of instability of movement or forced oscillation, as a governor which has a large movement of the balls for small change of load, an arc-lamp clutch mechanism which moves rapidly up and down with variations of current, etc.; also, to seesaw, as a pair of alternators working in parallel.



  • From Middle English hunten, from Old English huntian ("to hunt"), from Proto-Germanic *huntōną ("to hunt, capture"), from Proto-Indo-European *kend- ("to catch, seize"). Related to Old High German hunda ("booty"), Gothic 𐌷𐌿𐌽𐌸𐍃 ("body of captives"), Old English hūþ ("plunder, booty, prey"), Old English hentan ("to catch, seize"). More at hent, hint.
  • In some areas read as a collective form of hound by folk etymology.

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