Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

purse seine

a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line passing through rings attached along the lower edge of the net.
a technique of fishing that utilizes a purse seine to capture large schools of fish, especially tuna.
Origin of purse seine
1865-70, Americanism


[purs-seyn] /ˈpɜrsˌseɪn/
verb (used without object), purse-seined, purse-seining.
to fish using a purse seine.
Related forms
purse seiner, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for purse-seine
Historical Examples
  • But at last he grew accustomed to the tall immovable stakes in the channel which supported the purse-seine.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
  • I've seen something like this once, when a purse-seine was hauled.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for purse-seine

purse seine

a large net towed, usually by two boats, that encloses a school of fish and is then closed at the bottom by means of a line resembling the string formerly used to draw shut the neck of a money pouch or purse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for purse-seine

1870; see purse (n.) + seine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for purse seine

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for purse

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for purse-seine