Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • "She has a great net like a big night-cap stretched over on a spar, which we call a trawl-beam, and this is lowered down, and as the boat sails it is dragged along the bottom, and catches soles, and turbot, and plaice and sometimes john-dory, and gurnet, and brill.

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  • A trawl is a net with a deep bag fastened to a long beam, which long beam has a three-cornered iron at each end.

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  • This beam is supported by two upright iron frames, three feet in height, known as the trawl heads, or irons; the lower being flattened, to rest on the ground.

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  • Trawlers, i.e. craft that fish with a "trawl" net for flat fish, haddocks, etc., etc., are managed differently.

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  • Sept. 23, 2008 - Following the success of strategies to protect seabirds from longline fishing activities, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has today urged regions using other industrial fishing techniques, such as trawl nets and gillnets, to implement safeguards in areas where seabirds are at greatest risk.

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  • The squid, weighing in at 103 pounds (46.7 kg), was caught July 30 in a trawl net more than 1,500 feet underwater as it was pulled by a research vessel.

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  • Duncan Smith said the government would begin "harassing" gang leaders, suggesting dusk-till-dawn curfews, daily visits and a trawl of their lives and finances to pick up minor infringements.

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  • Also, trawling through dictionaries, trawling through archives, and so on.

    July 20, 2008

  • I do not
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    delicately, as if
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    December 21, 2006