[ purs-seyn ]
/ ˈpɜrsˌseɪn /

verb (used without object), purse-seined, purse-sein·ing.

to fish using a purse seine.

Related forms

purse seiner, noun

Definition for purse-seine (2 of 2)

purse seine


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.

Origin of purse seine

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for purse-seine

  • 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
  • I've seen something like this once, when a purse-seine was hauled.

    Creatures of the Abyss|Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for purse-seine

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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