trawl net


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.
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
to catch with a trawl net or a trawl line.
to drag (a trawl net).
to troll.

1475–85; < Middle Dutch tragel (noun), tragelen (v.); cognate with trail

trawlable, adjective
trawlability, noun

trawl, troll. Unabridged
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trawl (trɔːl)
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.  setline See also trotline Also called: trawl line a long line to which numerous shorter hooked lines are attached, suspended between buoys
3.  the act of trawling
vb (foll by for)
4.  sea fishing to catch or try to catch (fish) with a trawl net or trawl line
5.  (tr) sea fishing to drag (a trawl net) or suspend (a trawl line)
6.  to seek or gather (something, such as information, or someone, such as a likely appointee) from a wide variety of sources
n, —vb
7.  angling another word for troll
[C17: from Middle Dutch traghelen to drag, from Latin trāgula dragnet; see trail]

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Word Origin & History

1561, from Du. tragelen, from M.Du. traghelen "to drag," from traghel "dragnet," probably from L. tragula "dragnet." Trawler is from 1599.
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