drift net



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.

Nearby words

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  7. drift transistor,
  8. drift tube,
  9. driftage,
  10. driftbolt

Origin of drift net

First recorded in 1840–50

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British Dictionary definitions for drift net

drift net


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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