drift net


noun

a fishing net supported upright in the water by floats attached along the upper edge and sinkers along the lower, so as to be carried with the current or tide.

Origin of drift net

First recorded in 1840–50
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drift net


noun

a large fishing net supported by floats or attached to a drifter that is allowed to drift with the tide or current
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