Definitions

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  • noun The practice or hobby of exploring underground caverns; caving.
  • verb Present participle of spelunk. (to explore underground caves).

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Edick's background in spelunking no doubt helped a bit.

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  • Though I'm a bit disturbed by the idea of spelunking poor Jig...

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  • As you might expect, this involves a certain amount of spelunking, which is not something everyone wants to do.

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  • Rabies: Preexposure vaccination should be considered for persons staying longer than 30 days who are expected to be at risk to bites from domestic and/or wild animals (particularly dogs), or for persons engaged in high risk activities such as spelunking or animal handling.

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  • Rabies: Preexposure vaccination should be considered for persons staying longer than 30 days who are expected to be at risk to bites from domestic and/or wild animals (particularly dogs), or for persons engaged in high risk activities such as spelunking or animal handling.

    Mexico - travelers's summary profile

  • At Jesus Camp, the daily activities include standard camp fare such as spelunking and go-karts, but they also include speaking in tongues and smashing coffee mugs emblazoned with the word "government".

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  • At Jesus Camp, the daily activities include standard camp fare such as spelunking and go-karts, but they also include speaking in tongues and smashing coffee mugs emblazoned with the word "government".

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  • Mr. Grmovsek, a former business lawyer, and his law school friend Gil Cornblum, obtained lucrative secrets about pending takeover deals and other corporate events by initiating what they described as "spelunking" hunts through the offices and files of Toronto and New York law firms that employed Mr. Cornblum.

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  • With spelunking being a task that has to be done in the order of arrival, there's not a lot of opportunity to make up time.

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  • Bill: The fact that they were still there — Marcus and Amani were in the first group to leave spelunking — we were happy to see them knowing we left last.

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  • I recently discovered that this word comes from Latin (spelunca, -ae: cave). I was so shocked that I had to come here and write about it. Honestry, if I were to give a list of words that definitely weren't from Latin, this would have been pretty high up. Language can surprise us all.

    The word itself means "caving". However, within the caving community there is quite a snobbery: "caving" is reserved for the circumspect, sensible professionals, whereas "spelunking" is used for those amateurs who rush into things and need rescuing later on. Hence the bumper sticker: "Cavers rescue spelunkers".

    In any case, I love the sound of the word.

    December 14, 2007

  • Cave exploring.

    June 11, 2009