dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information


1 definition found
 for Preying
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prey \Prey\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preyed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Preying.] [OF. preier, preer, L. praedari, fr. praeda. See
     Prey, n.]
     To take booty; to gather spoil; to ravage; to take food by
     violence.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           More pity that the eagle should be mewed,
           While kites and buzzards prey at liberty. --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     To prey on or To prey upon.
     (a) To take prey from; to despoil; to pillage; to rob.
         --Shak.
     (b) To seize as prey; to take for food by violence; to seize
         and devour. --Shak.
     (c) To wear away gradually; to cause to waste or pine away;
         as, the trouble preyed upon his mind. --Addison.
         [1913 Webster]

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org