a trap for catching fish, consisting of a system of nets staked upright in the water and a rectangular enclosure or pound from which escape is impossible.
Words nearby pound net
Origin of pound net
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for pound net
The waters abound in fish, but we have a pound-net which supplies us with all we can eat.Comrades|Thomas Dixon
At one pound-net fishery in Provincetown he saw enough salmon to fill two sugar barrels.
British Dictionary definitions for pound net
a fishing trap having an arrangement of standing nets directing the fish into an enclosed net
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012