• WordNet 3.6
    • n fishing the act of someone who fishes as a diversion
    • n fishing the occupation of catching fish for a living
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Additional illustrations & photos:

2 Fished 2 Fished
3 Fished and keyed 3 Fished and keyed
A boy and a girl fishing A boy and a girl fishing
A Chinese man fishing with birds A Chinese man fishing with birds
The boys in the pond, fishing with rods The boys in the pond, fishing with rods
Cartoon fish Cartoon fish
Man selling fish to lady Man selling fish to lady

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Captain Jean-Luc Picard's (Star Trek) fish was named Livingston.
    • Fishing A fishery.
    • a Fishing Pertaining to fishing; used in fishery; engaged in fishing; as, fishing boat; fishing tackle; fishing village.
    • Fishing The act, practice, or art of one who fishes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Utah it is illegal to fish from horseback.
    • n fishing The art or practice of catching fish.
    • n fishing A fishery; a place or facilities for catching fish: as, there is good fishing there.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Manta Ray is the largest of all fish.
    • adj Fishing used in fishery
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  • Source Unknown
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    “Caution is a most valuable asset in fishing, especially if you are the fish.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “When a flirt fishes for a man, she fishes merely for the sport.”
  • Chuang Tzu
    Chuang Tzu
    “I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.”
  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “Fish die when they are out of water, and people die without law and order.”
  • W. C. Fields
    “Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.”
  • Karl Marx
    “Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.”


Big fish - An important person in a company or an organisation is a big fish.
Big fish in a small pond - A big fish in a small pond is an important person in a small place or organisation.
Bigger fish to fry - If you aren't interested in something because it isn't important to you and there are more important things for you to do, you have bigger fish to fry.
Cold fish - A cold fish is a person who doesn't show how they feel.
Different kettle of fish - If something is a different kettle of fish, it is very different from the other things referenced.
Drink like a fish - If someone drinks like a fish, they drink far too much alcohol.
Fish for compliments - Usually said of someone who puts themselves down (similar to false modesty) in the hope that others will contradict them, and in the process, compliment them. Sam: I'm no good at drawing!Judy: Nonsense! You're an excellent artist!Bob: Aw, he was just fishing for compliments.
Fish in troubled waters - Someone who fishes in troubled waters tries to takes advantage of a shaky or unstable situation. The extremists were fishing in troubled waters during the political uncertainty in the country.
Fish or cut bait - (USA) This idiom is used when you want to tell someone that it is time to take action.
Fish out of water - If you are placed in a situation that is completely new to you and confuses you, you are like a fish out of water.
Gone fishing - If someone has gone fishing, they are not very aware of what is happening around them.
Kettle of fish - A pretty or fine kettle of fish is a difficult problem or situation.
Neither fish nor fowl - Something or someone that is neither fish nor fowl doesn't really fit into any one group.
On a fishing expedition - If someone is on a fishing expedition, they are trying to get information, often using incorrect or improper ways to find things out.
Other fish to fry - If you have other fish to fry, it doesn't matter if one opportunity fails to materialise as you have plenty of others.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Fishing (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fisc; Ger. fisch; Ice. fiskr; L. piscis; Gr. ichthys; Gael. iasg.


In literature:

Ve have fresh fish yesterday, dere be no fresh fish to-day.
"Ungava" by R.M. Ballantyne
It was in the forenoon of a most splendid day, about a week after we arrived at that part of the ocean where we might expect to find fish.
"Fighting the Whales" by R.M. Ballantyne
One morning I had gone off to fish by myself, with a Norwegian youth to gaff and carry the fish.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
This difference does not exist in fishes.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
The fishing is splendid, and woodcock and snipe are plentiful.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
Then, when the fish swam through in the night, they would get caught in it, and Morning Star would find plenty of fish waiting for her.
"Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
Those were wise fish.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
Someone fishing in Lake Okeechobee, brought up an object in his fishing net.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
In the river we saw plenty of fish; we had a fishing-line with us, but no bait whatever that we could use.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Persons went out and caught fish in the pools formed in the rocky cavities.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
They asked me if I was a merchant and bought fish.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Three of us had never killed a salmon, though we were familiar with other kinds of fishing.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Volume 11, No. 26, May, 1873" by Various
Although their diet is a vegetable one, it is not exclusively so, as they will eat frogs, worms, and small fish.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
Also he fished in the little streams that run through that lovely land, and shot with a bow and arrows.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
Because this fish-story has so little of fish in it does not prove that a man cannot fish for other game than fish.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
You might have fancied that even the fishing nets hanging against the wall knew it was Saturday night, and no fishing on hand.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
He often went out on fishing expeditions, and always returned with fish.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
In one corner lay a heap of brushwood and fish-bones, and in a hole in the ground a pile of logs.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
Previously he had been trying to hook a big fish, but it was pretty evident that he did not want any big fish now.
"The Tent Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Fish had fished this stream for trout many a time.
"Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper" by Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock

In poetry:

They reach'd the grounds, but scarce had turn'd
Upon the homeward track,
When came the wild nor'wester down
On their frail fishing smack.
"The Fisherman's Wife" by Thomas Frederick Young
He asks no questions of the snake,
Nor plumbs the phosphorescent gloom
Where lidless fishes, broad awake,
Swim staring at a nightmare doom.
"Cold-Blooded Creatures" by Elinor Wylie
And a fishing-smack in the old harbour
Where all was happy and young;
And an echo or two of the songs I knew
When songs could still be sung.
"Peace" by Alfred Noyes
My painted boat she was light and glad
and gladder my heart was wishing,
and I came in time to a little lad
who stood on the rocks a-fishing.
"Stars In The Sea" by Roderic Quinn
Round her trailed wrist fresh water weaves,
with moving fish and rounded stones
Up and down the greater waves
A separate river breathes and runs;
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
Nor less thy glories in the deep,
Where fish in millions swim and creep
With wondrous motions, swift or slow,
Still wand'ring in the paths below.
"Psalm 104" by Isaac Watts

In news:

THERE'S more than one way to stuff a fish - a gefilte fish , that is.
Often the first course for Jewish holiday dinners, especially the Passover seder, gefilte fish means "stuffed fish".
(AP) — The future of commercial fishing on the Columbia River is now in the hands of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission after a measure to ban gillnets failed on Election Day.
For those fishing on Lake Erie at the Harry Probst Fishing Platform, something was a bit fishy Thursday — and it wasn't the smell of fish.
CNY FISHING FORECAST Just another reminder that the new fishing license year started Oct 1.
Aaron Bennett of Kathleen, 8, lands a hybrid bass at the Go Fish Education Center fishing pond.
A new program at the Go Fish Education Center could have toddlers falling for fishing hook, line and sinker.
This winter, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hopes to spark renewed interest in fishing by keeping several bodies of water in Little Rock, Ark.
Paul Mauck of the state Department of Wildlife Conservation says there are no more fish dying and says fishing is good.
Those who know him aren't surprised at his fishing prowess because he started catching fish at age 3.
According to a report published in the journal Fish and Fisheries, approximately one-fourth of the world's groupers are being fished to extinction.
Bass fishing legend Bill Dance says that successful winter fishing is always slow and methodical.
Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers seine a pool, then sort through the fish for endangered silvery minnows .
Also, fishing areas are more concentrated now, as are the fish, dispelling the argument that fishers cannot net fish as easily in the daylight.
Bay De Noc Bass Charters is on our Shopping Show offering two bass fishing trips GUARANTEED to get you fish.

In science:

Concurrent METATEM is de fined as a language for modeling reactive systems (Fishe r 1993).
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
FISH -markers one can measure the mean squared physical distance (cid:10)R2 (cid:11) between these markers as a function of the genomic distance d. A recent study has shed light on the folding at larger length scales .
A Random Loop Model for Long Polymers
In the past, experimental data from FISH measurements has been compared quite successfully to polymer models.
A Random Loop Model for Long Polymers
Time evolution measurements cannot be performed on a cell using FISH markers as the cell has to be fixated before applying imaging techniques.
A Random Loop Model for Long Polymers
Not only does the report ignore multiple comparisons; the author also combines several original survey questions to create new comparisons, thus engaging even more aggressively in a “fishing expedition”.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
Malaysia region currently, the database contains 1513 of fish images. Data acquired on 22th August, 2008, is used. The classification problem involved the identification of 1513 types of image fishes; family ,Scientific Name , English name , local name, Habitat , poison fish and nonpoison .
Fish recognition based on the combination between robust feature selection, image segmentation and geometrical parameter techniques using Artificial Neural Network and Decision Tree
The main contribution of this paper is enhancement recognize and classify fishes based on digital image. Both classification and recognition are based on combination between robust feature selection, image segmentation and geometrical parameter techniques.
Fish recognition based on the combination between robust feature selection, image segmentation and geometrical parameter techniques using Artificial Neural Network and Decision Tree
Through the usage of geometrical parameters, the eye position and size of mouth can be determined. Besides dividing the fish into two triangles, which can be a significant step in obtaining a high accuracy of fish classification.
Fish recognition based on the combination between robust feature selection, image segmentation and geometrical parameter techniques using Artificial Neural Network and Decision Tree
Determining the appropriate feature set for fish classification tasks.
Fish recognition based on the combination between robust feature selection, image segmentation and geometrical parameter techniques using Artificial Neural Network and Decision Tree
Pauly D, Christensen VV, Dalsgaard J, Froese R, Torres F, Jr. (1998) Fishing down marine food webs.
Randomizing genome-scale metabolic networks
The fish swim indifferently in all directions; the drops fall into the vessel beneath; and, in throwing something to your friend, you need throw it no more strongly in one direction than another, the distances being equal; jumping with your feet together, you pass equal spaces in every direction.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
Neotropical electric fishes, traits must exhibit more than wide variation.
Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Interspecific Diversity: comparing humans and fish species
This was in comparison to two discontinuous and one panmictic fish species.
Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Interspecific Diversity: comparing humans and fish species
Fink 1996 Sternopygus xingu, a new species of electric fish from Brazil (Teleosti: Gymnotoidei), with comments on the phylogenetic position of Sternopygus.
Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Interspecific Diversity: comparing humans and fish species
Hierarchical organization of genetic variation in the Costa Rican livebearing fish Brachyrhaphis rhabdophora (Poecilidae).
Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Interspecific Diversity: comparing humans and fish species