- 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.
- 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.
- to catch with a trawl net or a trawl line.
- to drag (a trawl net).
- to troll.
Origin of trawl
1475–85; < Middle Dutch tragel (noun), tragelen (v.); cognate with trail
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Examples from the Web for trawl
Next they turned their attention to picking the trawl already in the water.The Harbor of Doubt
What fry could evade the hook, the net, or the trawl of these men?The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
Anyhow, he says that you are to give a hand when we shoot and when we haul the trawl.'
By-the-bye, how do you pass the time away before hauling the trawl?'
He had seen enough to realize that pulling a trawl was no sinecure.Jim Spurling, Fisherman
Albert Walter Tolman
- sea fishing to catch or try to catch (fish) with a trawl net or trawl line
- sea fishing (tr) to drag (a trawl net) or suspend (a trawl line)
- (intr foll by for) to seek or gather (something, such as information, or someone, such as a likely appointee) from a wide variety of sources
- angling another word for troll 1
C17: from Middle Dutch traghelen to drag, from Latin trāgula dragnet; see trail
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Word Origin and History for trawl
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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