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Definition of Prospecting

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search for valuable materials (such as gold, oil, etc.); examine an area for the presence of valuable materials
Prospecting Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(p. pr. & vb. n.)
of Prospect
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1. the possibility of future success; "his prospects as a writer are excellent"
(hypernym) potential, potentiality, potency
2. belief about (or mental picture of) the future
(synonym) expectation, outlook
(hypernym) belief
(hyponym) promise, hope
3. someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)
(synonym) candidate
(hypernym) person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, human, soul
4. the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
(synonym) view, aspect, scene, vista, panorama
(hypernym) visual percept, visual image
(hyponym) background, ground
5. a prediction of the course of a disease
(synonym) prognosis, medical prognosis
(hypernym) medical diagnosis

1. search for something desirable; "prospect a job"
(hypernym) search, look
2. explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
(hypernym) research, search, explore
(derivation) prospector
Prospecting Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
MONASH Marketing Dictionary
the first step in the selling process; the activity of seeking out potential customers. See Sales Leads.
2004 (c) Copyright & Reprint Courtesy of the Dept. of Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University; edited by Mr. Don Bradmore.
Prospecting Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
EIA Energy Glossary
The search for an area of probable mineralization; the search normally includes topographical, geological, and geophysical studies of relatively large areas undertaken in an attempt to locate specific areas warranting detailed exploration. Prospecting usually occurs prior to the acquisition of mineral rights.
Source: Energy Information Administration, 2006
Prospecting Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Prospecting is the first stage of the geological analysis (second - exploration) of a territory; physical search for minerals, fossils, precious metals or mineral specimens, and is also known as fossicking.

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