from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A vessel used for trawling.
  • n. One who trawls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fishing boat that uses a trawl net or dragnet to catch fish.
  • n. A fisherman who uses a trawl net.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, trawls.
  • n. A fishing vessel which trails a net behind it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who trawls, or fishes with a trawl-line or trawlnet.
  • n. A vessel engaged in trawling. Trawlers for cod average about seventy tons burden.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fisherman who use a trawl net
  • n. a fishing boat that uses a trawl net or dragnet to catch fish


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  • "Originally most trawlers, ships that drag their fishing gear behind them, were longliners. But once ships had engine power, what New Englanders call a bottom dragger, which drags a net just above the ocean's floor, became the most common kind of trawler. Bottom trawling was not a new idea.... Sail-powered draggers, known as smacks, began working in the North Sea especially after 1837, when a fishing ground called the Silver Pits, just south of the already well-fished Dogger Bank, was discovered."

    —Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (New York: Penguin, 1997), 130

    See also otter trawl, rockhopper.

    July 16, 2009