a person who trawls.
any of various types of vessels used in fishing with a trawl net.

1590–1600; trawl + -er1 Unabridged
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trawler (ˈtrɔːlə)
1.  a vessel used for trawling
2.  a person who trawls

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fishing vessel that uses a trawl, a conical net that snares fish by being dragged through the water or along the bottom. Trawlers vary according to the method of towing the net. On side trawlers, the trawl is set and hauled over the side with power winches or manually by a large crew. Outrigger trawlers (a type that includes shrimp boats) drag one or two nets from long booms extending from each side. Stern trawlers are powerful vessels that are often built with ramps for hauling heavy catches up the stern onto the working deck. Powered by engines of up to 5,000 horsepower, modern trawlers drag huge nets that must be hauled by rope winches and large net drums or reels. Large trawlers can be floating factories, cleaning and freezing the fish for processing ashore.

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Example sentences
Instead, a rusty trawler lies on its side on the forecourt, which the workmen
  eye as though a mongrel dog.
When a trawler damages the sea bed, it is the whole fleet that pays the price
  in lost fish.
We taxied up to an old commercial fishing trawler now used as a floating base
  for bear-sighting and sport-fishing expeditions.
The crew was permitted to take to the small boats, and was rescued by a trawler.
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