from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The business or practice of hunting, killing, and processing whales.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of hunting whales.
  • n. The practice of spotting whales.
  • n. A beating.
  • v. Present participle of whale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or employed in, the pursuit of whales
  • n. The hunting of whales.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Big, unusual, or extraordinary of its kind; strapping; whopping; whacking: as, a whaling lie.
  • n. The act or business of taking whales; the pursuit of whales; whale-fishing: much used in compounds: as, a whaling-ship; a whaling-voyage; whaling- grounds; bay -whaling; shore-whaling.


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  • "Several recent phishing attacks have been directed specifically at senior executives and other high profile targets within businesses, and the term whaling has been coined for these kinds of attacks."

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  • At present only research whaling is allowed, but a lot of whales hunted become food under the guise of ‘scientific’ research.

    Global Voices in English » Japan: Whaling. Scientific research or commercial hunting?

  • Since 1986, when the International Whaling Commission (IWC) 's moratorium was enforced, commercial whaling is prohibited in Japan.

    Global Voices in English » Japan: Whaling. Scientific research or commercial hunting?

  • We could stop whaling tomorrow by sending in a military force to protect the whales and kill the whalers, but would such a show of force make people understand that whaling is wrong?

    Is Pacifism A Sham?

  • Humpbacks are still recovering from long-term whaling losses, but Japan and Denmark still want the IWC to let them hunt small numbers each year. News of the Underwater World

  • Australia may intervene in Japanese whaling row: minister

    Raw Story

  • In recent decades, a broadening international consensus has begun to emerge in the policies of those institutions concerned with "whaling" - in itself an unpleasant term for what should accurately be called whale hunting - and in particular that of the IWC, created in 1946 to co-ordinate the different national industries.

    Environment news, comment and analysis from the Guardian |

  • Their legacy of scientific self-interest persisted, though, in a loophole allowing "scientific" whaling, which is exploited today by Japanese whalers.

    The Cetacean Century

  • It is not called whaling but porpoise-hunting, from the mistaken idea that the little white whale is a porpoise, instead of the smallest kind of whale, running up to over twenty feet in length.

    All Afloat A Chronicle of Craft and Waterways

  • Speaking after meeting Julia Gillard in Tokyo tonight, Mr Kan said there was a firm and longstanding friendship between the two nations which would not be diluted by the dispute over whaling, which is pending before the court.

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