prospecting


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pros·pect

 (prŏs′pĕkt′)
n.
1. Something expected; a possibility.
2. prospects
a. Chances.
b. Financial expectations, especially of success.
3.
a. A potential customer, client, or purchaser.
b. A candidate deemed likely to succeed.
4. The direction in which an object, such as a building, faces; an outlook.
5. Something presented to the eye; a scene: a pleasant prospect.
6. The act of surveying or examining.
7.
a. The location or probable location of a mineral deposit.
b. An actual or probable mineral deposit.
c. The mineral yield obtained by working an ore.
v. pros·pect·ed, pros·pect·ing, pros·pects
v.tr.
To search for or explore (a region) for mineral deposits or oil.
v.intr.
To explore for mineral deposits or oil.

[Middle English prospecte, from Latin prōspectus, distant view, from past participle of prōspicere, to look out : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

prospecting

(prəˈspɛktɪŋ)
n
(Mining & Quarrying) the activity of exploring a region for gold or other valuable minerals
Translations

prospecting

[prəsˈpektɪŋ] N (Min) → prospección f

prospecting

[prəˈspɛktɪŋ] nprospection f

prospecting

n (Min) → Suche fnach Bodenschätzen

prospecting

[prəsˈpɛktɪŋ] n (Mining) → prospezione f
References in classic literature ?
I spent nearly a year prospecting in company with another Confederate officer, Captain James K.
A prospecting engineer in Mazatlan took me along with him to help look after the waggons.
The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then he went prospecting in Arizona, and then I heard of him from New Mexico.
But when we drew near, we saw that the goggles were nothing but a camp meeting of flies assembled around each of the child's eyes, and at the same time there was a detachment prospecting its nose.
I see they have come across these workings again lately in prospecting for gold, but I knew of them years ago.
This was bad news for him, and he was thankful that they had not carried out their first plan and commenced their prospecting at Bekwando village.
They grew weary prospecting, and at the same time carrying their rifles and the heavy cartridge-belts, and the practice began of leaving their weapons behind them in camp.
First prospecting for the best launching-place, he found where a huge cake of ice shelved upward from the river that ran fifteen feet below to the top of the wall.
They were evidently coming down the creek from some prospecting trip.
We were prospecting and it was our intention, if we found nothing, to push through to the Gila river at some point near Big Bend, where we understood there was a settlement.
His prospecting led him through the Dakotas, Idaho, and eastern Oregon, and on into the mountains of British Columbia.