Definition of Hunt

Pronunciation: hŭnt
v. t.1.To search for or follow after, as game or wild animals; to chase; to pursue for the purpose of catching or killing; to follow with dogs or guns for sport or exercise; as, to hunt a deer.
[imp. & p. p. Hunted; p. pr. & vb. n. Hunting.]
Like a dog, he hunts in dreams.
- Tennyson.
2.To search diligently after; to seek; to pursue; to follow; - often with out or up; as, to hunt up the facts; to hunt out evidence.
Evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
- Ps. cxl. 11.
3.To drive; to chase; - with down, from, away, etc.; as, to hunt down a criminal; he was hunted from the parish.
4.To use or manage in the chase, as hounds.
He hunts a pack of dogs.
- Addison.
5.To use or traverse in pursuit of game; as, he hunts the woods, or the country.
6.(Change Ringing) To move or shift the order of (a bell) in a regular course of changes.
v. i.1.To follow the chase; to go out in pursuit of game; to course with hounds.
Esau went to the field to hunt for venison.
- Gen. xxvii. 5.
2.To seek; to pursue; to search; - with for or after.
He after honor hunts, I after love.
- Shak.
3.(Mach.) 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, or the like; also, to seesaw, as a pair of alternators working in parallel.
4.(Change Ringing) To shift up and down in order regularly.
To hunt counter
to trace the scent backward in hunting, as a hound to go back on one's steps.
- Shak.
n.1.The act or practice of chasing wild animals; chase; pursuit; search.
The hunt is up; the morn is bright and gray.
- Shak.
2.The game secured in the hunt.
3.A pack of hounds.
4.An association of huntsmen.
5.A district of country hunted over.
Every landowner within the hunt.
- London Field.

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