from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trawl net.
- n. See setline.
- transitive v. To catch (fish) with a trawl.
- intransitive v. To fish with a trawl.
- intransitive v. To troll.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long fishing line having many short lines bearing hooks attached to it; a setline.
- v. To take fish, or other marine animals, with a trawl.
- v. To fish from a slow moving boat.
- v. To make an exhaustive search for something within a defined area.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To take fish, or other marine animals, with a trawl.
- n. A fishing line, often extending a mile or more, having many short lines bearing hooks attached to it. It is used for catching cod, halibut, etc.; a boulter.
- n. A large bag net attached to a beam with iron frames at its ends, and dragged at the bottom of the sea, -- used in fishing, and in gathering forms of marine life from the sea bottom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drag, as a trawlnet.
- To catch or take with a trawl-net.
- To use a trawl-line or trawl-net; fish with a trawl.
- n. A buoyed line, often of great length, to which short lines with baited hooks are attached at suitable intervals; a trawl-line.
- n. A large bag-net, with a wide mouth held open by a frame or other contrivance, and often having net wings on each side of the mouth, designed to be dragged along the bottom by a boat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys)
- n. a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths
- v. fish with trawlers
Possibly Middle English trawelle, perhaps from Middle Dutch tragel, dragnet, possibly from Latin trāgula, from trahere, to drag.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch traghel (Wiktionary)