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[trawl] /trɔl/
noun
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.
verb (used without object)
3.
to fish with a net that drags along the sea bottom to catch the fish living there.
4.
to fish with a trawl line.
5.
to troll.
verb (used with object)
6.
to catch with a trawl net or a trawl line.
7.
to drag (a trawl net).
8.
to troll.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Middle Dutch tragel (noun), tragelen (v.); cognate with trail
Related forms
trawlable, adjective
trawlability, noun
Can be confused
trawl, troll.
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British Dictionary definitions for trawl-net

trawl

/trɔːl/
noun (fishing:Sea)
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 See also setline, trotline
3.
the act of trawling
verb
4.
(fishing:Sea) to catch or try to catch (fish) with a trawl net or trawl line
5.
(fishing:Sea) (transitive) to drag (a trawl net) or suspend (a trawl line)
6.
(intransitive) foll by for. to seek or gather (something, such as information, or someone, such as a likely appointee) from a wide variety of sources
noun, verb
7.
(angling) another word for troll1
Word Origin
C17: from Middle Dutch traghelen to drag, from Latin trāgula dragnet; see trail
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Word Origin and History for trawl-net

trawl

v.

1560s, from Dutch tragelen, from Middle Dutch traghelen "to drag," from traghel "dragnet," probably from Latin tragula "dragnet." Related: Trawled; trawling.

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