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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foraging, forage(noun)

    the act of searching for food and provisions


  1. foraging(Noun)

    The act of searching for food.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foraging

    of Forage


  1. Foraging

    Foraging is searching for and exploiting food resources. It affects an animal's fitness because it plays an important role in an animal's ability to survive and reproduce. Foraging theory is a branch of behavioral ecology that studies the foraging behavior of animals in response to the environment where the animal lives. Behavioral ecologists use economic models to understand foraging; many of these models are a type of optimality model. Thus foraging theory is discussed in terms of optimizing a payoff from a foraging decision. The payoff for many of these models is the amount of energy an animal receives per unit time, more specifically, the highest ratio of energetic gain to cost while foraging. Foraging theory predicts that the decisions that maximize energy per unit time and thus deliver the highest payoff will be selected for and persist. Key words used to describe foraging behavior include; 1) Resources, the elements necessary for survival and reproduction and yet have a limited supply, 2) A predator, any organism that consumes others and 3) Prey, an organism that is eaten in part or whole by another. Behavioral ecologists first tackled this topic in the 1960s and 1970s. Their goal was to quantify and formalize a set of models to test their null hypothesis that animals forage randomly. Important contributions to foraging theory have been made by:

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. foraging

    Is properly the collection of forage or other supplies systematically in towns or villages, or going with an escort to cut nourishment for horses in fields. Such operations frequently lead to engagements with the enemy. Foraging parties are furnished with reaping-hooks and cords. The men promptly dismount, make bundles with which they load their horses, and are prepared for anything that may follow. The word foraging is sometimes inaccurately used for marauding.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foraging in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foraging in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of foraging in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Pfeffer:

    We had to look for diggingantsor follow a foraging ant back home.

  2. Yohannes Haile-Selassie:

    They would have been rivals if they were exploiting the same resources or had similar foraging strategies.

  3. Ken Balcomb:

    The cause is lack of sufficient food resources in their foraging area, there's not enough food, and that's due to environmental reasons.

  4. Peter Cook:

    The behavioral deficits accompanying brain damage with domoic acid are severe, and may negatively impact foraging and navigation in sea lions, driving strandings and mortality.

  5. Ren Larison:

    Zebra have a need to keep foraging throughout the day, which keeps them out in the open more of the time than other animals, an additional cooling mechanism could be very useful under these circumstances.

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