What is Prospecting?

Prospecting definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
Usually prospects. an apparent probability of advancement, success, profit, etc.the outlook for the future: good business prospects.

anticipation; expectation; a looking forward.
something in view as a source of profit.

a potential or likely customer, client, etc.
a potential or likely candidate.
a view, especially of scenery; scene.
outlook or view over a region or in a particular direction.
a mental view or survey, as of a subject or situation.
Mining. an apparent indication of ore or native metal.a place giving such indications.a mine working or excavation undertaken in a search for additional ore.

Archaic. sight; range of vision.

verb (used with object)
to search or explore (a region), as for gold.
to work (a mine or claim) experimentally in order to test its value.

verb (used without object)
to search or explore a region for gold or the like.