drift net

noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for drift net

Historical Examples of drift net

  • The drift-net lay out for a mile along the water, its brown corks heaving gently, at regular intervals.

  • At most times they keep out at sea, where the hardy fishermen make use of the drift-net.

    Michael Penguyne

    William H. G. Kingston

  • The herring-fishery is regulated by Act of Parliament, and the legal mode of capture is by means of what is called a drift-net.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • The drift-net is made of fine twine, marked with squares of an inch each to allow for the escape of the young fish.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • As mackerel are very voracious, they greedily devour all sorts of bait, but they are chiefly taken by the drift-net.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier


British Dictionary definitions for drift net

drift net

noun
  1. 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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