What does fishing mean?

Definitions for fishing
ˈfɪʃ ɪŋfish·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fishing, sportfishingnoun

    the act of someone who fishes as a diversion

  2. fishingnoun

    the occupation of catching fish for a living

Wiktionary

  1. fishingnoun

    The activity or sport of catching fish from a body of water.

    a good day's fishing

  2. fishingnoun

    The business of catching fish in large quantities for sale.

    the fishing industry

  3. fishingnoun

    A place for catching fish.

  4. fishingadjective

    Of, or pertaining to fishing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fishingnoun

    Commodity of taking fish.

    Etymology: from fish.

    There also would be planted a good town, having both a good haven and a plentiful fishing. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

Wikipedia

  1. Fishing

    Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish. Fish are often caught as wildlife from the natural environment, but may also be caught from stocked bodies of water such as ponds, canals, park wetlands and reservoirs. Fishing techniques include hand-gathering, spearing, netting, angling, shooting and trapping, as well as more destructive and often illegal techniques such as electrocution, blasting and poisoning. The term fishing broadly includes catching aquatic animals other than fish, such as crustaceans (shrimp/lobsters/crabs), shellfish, cephalopods (octopus/squid) and echinoderms (starfish/sea urchins). The term is not normally applied to harvesting fish raised in controlled cultivations (fish farming). Nor is it normally applied to hunting aquatic mammals, where terms like whaling and sealing are used instead. Fishing has been an important part of human culture since hunter-gatherer times, and is one of the few food production activities that have persisted from prehistory into modern age, surviving both the Neolithic Revolution and successive Industrial Revolutions. In addition to being caught to be eaten for food, fish are caught as recreational pastimes. Fishing tournaments are held, and caught fish are sometimes kept long-term as preserved or living trophies. When bioblitzes occur, fish are typically caught, identified, and then released. According to the United Nations FAO statistics, the total number of commercial fishers and fish farmers is estimated to be 38 million. Fishing industries and aquaculture provide direct and indirect employment to over 500 million people in developing countries. In 2005, the worldwide per capita consumption of fish captured from wild fisheries was 14.4 kilograms (32 lb), with an additional 7.4 kilograms (16 lb) harvested from fish farms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fishing

    of Fish

  2. Fishingnoun

    the act, practice, or art of one who fishes

  3. Fishingnoun

    a fishery

  4. Fishingnoun

    pertaining to fishing; used in fishery; engaged in fishing; as, fishing boat; fishing tackle; fishing village

  5. Etymology: [From Fishing, n.]

Freebase

  1. Fishing

    Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish. Fish are normally caught in the wild. Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping. The term fishing may be applied to catching other aquatic animals such as molluscs, cephalopods, crustaceans, and echinoderms. The term is not normally applied to catching farmed fish, or to aquatic mammals, such as whales, where the term whaling is more appropriate. According to FAO statistics, the total number of commercial fishermen and fish farmers is estimated to be 38 million. Fisheries and aquaculture provide direct and indirect employment to over 500 million people. In 2005, the worldwide per capita consumption of fish captured from wild fisheries was 14.4 kilograms, with an additional 7.4 kilograms harvested from fish farms. In addition to providing food, modern fishing is also a recreational pastime.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. FISHING

    An heroic treatment tried by some laymen to avoid falling asleep in church on Sunday.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. fishing

    In taking celestial observations, means the sweeping to find a star or other object when near its approximate place.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fishing' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3137

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fishing' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3488

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fishing' in Nouns Frequency: #1334

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fishing in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fishing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of fishing in a Sentence

  1. Frank Pierce:

    Me and my brother and my wife and daughter were going fishing and we come around the curve and he was laying out there in the field.

  2. Bob Vanasse:

    I applaud the congressman for calling out the administration's hypocrisy when it comes to our domestic fisheries and their policies, this is not the first time that something like this has happened, but it is good to see, and particularly a Democrat pointing it out because this administration has frankly not been friendly or helpful to our domestic fishing industry.

  3. Satoru Miyamoto:

    The only thing Japan can do now is to prevent North Korean fishing ships from entering and for the Japanese Coast Guard to continue to use methods such as spraying water to keep them out.

  4. Dirk Parker:

    I thought it would make good fishing bait.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink, I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish fill the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.

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