WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
trawl /trɔl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Also called  ˈtrawl ˌnet. a fishing net dragged along the sea bottom to catch fish.
  2. Also called  ˈtrawl ˌline. a line attached to buoys and used in sea fishing, having many short lines with baited hooks attached at intervals.

v. 
  1. to fish with a trawl (in): [+ object]trawling the seas for big game fish.[no object]a day spent trawling for fish.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
trawl (trôl),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Also called trawl net′. a strong fishing net for dragging along the sea bottom.
  2. Also called trawl line′. a buoyed line used in sea fishing, having numerous short lines with baited hooks attached at intervals.

v.i. 
  1. to fish with a net that drags along the sea bottom to catch the fish living there.
  2. to fish with a trawl line.
  3. to troll.

v.t. 
  1. to catch with a trawl net or a trawl line.
  2. to drag (a trawl net).
  3. to troll.
trawl a•ble, adj. 
trawl′a•bil i•ty, n. 
  • Middle Dutch tragel (noun, nominal), tragelen (verb, verbal); cognate with trail
  • 1475–85


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

trawl /trɔːl/ n
  1. Also called: trawl net a large net, usually in the shape of a sock or bag, drawn at deep levels behind special boats (trawlers)

  2. Also called: trawl line a long line to which numerous shorter hooked lines are attached, suspended between buoys
  3. the act of trawling
vb
  1. to catch or try to catch (fish) with a trawl net or trawl line
  2. (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
Etymology: 17th Century: from Middle Dutch traghelen to drag, from Latin trāgula dragnet; see trail



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