whaling
noun Date: 1688 the occupation of catching and extracting commercial products from whales

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  • Whaling — Whal ing, a. Pertaining to, or employed in, the pursuit of whales; as, a whaling voyage; a whaling vessel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whaling — The hunting of whales for food, oil, or both. Dictionary from West s Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005. whaling The hunting of whales for food, oil, or both …   Law dictionary

  • Whaling — Whal ing, n. The hunting of whales. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whaling — ► NOUN ▪ the practice or industry of hunting and killing whales for their oil, meat, or whalebone …   English terms dictionary

  • whaling — whaling1 [hwā′liŋ, wā′liŋ] n. the work or trade of hunting and killing whales for their blubber, whalebone, etc. whaling2 [hwā′liŋ, wā′liŋ] n. [< WHALE2 + ING] Informal a sound thrashing; whipping …   English World dictionary

  • Whaling — Eighteenth century engraving showing Dutch whalers hunting bowhead whales in the Arctic …   Wikipedia

  • whaling — /hway ling, way /, n. the work or industry of capturing and rendering whales; whale fishing. [1680 90; WHALE1 + ING1] * * * Hunting of whales for food, oil, or both. Whaling dates to prehistoric times, when Arctic peoples used stone tools to hunt …   Universalium

  • Whaling —    Dutch whaling activities began in the early 17th century after the expeditions of Jacob van Heemskerck and Willem Bar entsz in 1596, overwintering on Novaya Zemlya. In 1614, the Nordic Company was founded, and in 1619, the settlement of… …   Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands

  • whaling — [[t](h)we͟ɪlɪŋ[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N n Whaling is the activity of hunting and killing whales. ...a ban on commercial whaling. ...the whaling industry …   English dictionary

  • Whaling — Whala Whala, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whaled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whaling}.] [Cf. {Wale}. ] To lash with stripes; to wale; to thrash; to drub. [Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U. S.] Halliwell. Bartlett. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whaling — noun Whaling is used before these nouns: ↑fleet, ↑ship …   Collocations dictionary

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