from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large fishing net made to hang vertically in the water by weights at the lower edge and floats at the top.
- intransitive v. To fish with such a net.
- transitive v. To fish for or catch with such a net.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long net having floats attached at the top and sinkers (weights) at the bottom, used in shallow water for catching fish.
- v. To use a seine, to fish with a seine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large net, one edge of which is provided with sinkers, and the other with floats. It hangs vertically in the water, and when its ends are brought together or drawn ashore incloses the fish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of net used in taking fish; one of the class of encircling nets, consisting of a webbing of network provided with corks or floats at the upper edge, and with leads of greater or less weight at the lower, and used to inclose a certain area of water, and by bringing the ends together, either in a boat or on the shore, to secure the fish that may be inclosed.
- To catch with a seine: as, fish may be seined.
- A Middle English form of sain and of sign.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large fishnet that hangs vertically, with floats at the top and weights at the bottom
- n. a French river that flows through the heart of Paris and then northward into the English Channel
- v. fish with a seine; catch fish with a seine
Middle English, from Old English segne, from Germanic *sagina, from Latin sagēna, from Greek sagēnē.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English seġne, from West Proto-Germanic *sagīna, from Latin sagēna, from Ancient Greek σαγήνη ("dragnet"), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)