WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
trawl /trɔl/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Also called ˈtrawl ˌnet. a fishing net dragged along the sea bottom to catch fish.
- Also called ˈtrawl ˌline. a line attached to buoys and used in sea fishing, having many short lines with baited hooks attached at intervals.
- to fish with a trawl (in): [~ + object]trawling the seas for big game fish.[no object]a day spent trawling for fish.
trawl (trôl),USA pronunciation
- Also called trawl′ net′. a strong fishing net for dragging along the sea bottom.
- Also called trawl′ line′. a buoyed line used in sea fishing, having numerous short lines with baited hooks attached at intervals.
- to fish with a net that drags along the sea bottom to catch the fish living there.
- to fish with a trawl line.
- to troll.
trawl ′a•ble, adj.
trawl′a•bil ′i•ty, n.
- to catch with a trawl net or a trawl line.
- to drag (a trawl net).
- to troll.
- Middle Dutch tragel (noun, nominal), tragelen (verb, verbal); cognate with trail
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
trawl /trɔːl/ n
- Also called: trawl net a large net, usually in the shape of a sock or bag, drawn at deep levels behind special boats (trawlers)
Also called: trawl line a long line to which numerous shorter hooked lines are attached, suspended between buoys
- the act of trawling
Etymology: 17th Century: from Middle Dutch traghelen to drag, from Latin trāgula dragnet; see trail
- to catch or try to catch (fish) with a trawl net or trawl line
- (intransitive) followed by for: to seek or gather (something, such as information, or someone, such as a likely appointee) from a wide variety of sources
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