a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line passing through rings attached along the lower edge of the net.
a technique of fishing that utilizes a purse seine to capture large schools of fish, especially tuna.
Other definitions for purse-seine (2 of 2)
to fish using a purse seine.
- purse seiner, noun
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How to use purse seine in a sentence
The gill-netters hung on the seiner's heels, because where the purse seine could get a haul so could they.Poor Man's Rock | Bertrand W. Sinclair
I've seen something like this once, when a purse-seine was hauled.Creatures of the Abyss | Murray Leinster
The light, once used for night purse seine fishing, was powered by a carbon arc.Smugglers' Reef | John Blaine
But at last he grew accustomed to the tall immovable stakes in the channel which supported the purse-seine.Neighbors Unknown | Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for purse seine
a large net towed, usually by two boats, that encloses a school of fish and is then closed at the bottom by means of a line resembling the string formerly used to draw shut the neck of a money pouch or purse
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