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  1. a fishing net that hangs vertically in the water, having floats at the upper edge and sinkers at the lower.
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verb (used with object), seined, sein·ing.
  1. to fish for or catch with a seine.
  2. to use a seine in (water).
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verb (used without object), seined, sein·ing.
  1. to fish with a seine.
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Origin of seine

before 950; Middle English seyne, Old English segne < West Germanic *sagina < Latin sagēna < Greek sagḗnē fishing net
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  1. a large fishing net that hangs vertically in the water by means of floats at the top and weights at the bottom
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  1. to catch (fish) using this net
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Word Origin

Old English segne, from Latin sagēna, from Greek sagēnē; related to Old High German segina, Old French saïne


  1. a river in N France, rising on the Plateau de Langres and flowing northwest through Paris to the English Channel: the second longest river in France, linked by canal with the Rivers Somme, Scheldt, Meuse, Rhine, Saône, and Loire. Length: 776 km (482 miles)
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Word Origin and History for seined



Old English segne "drag-net," from West Germanic *sagina (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German segina), a borrowing of Latin sagena (source of French seine, 12c., which contributed to the form of the English word), from Greek sagene "a fishing net," also "a hunting net," of unknown origin.

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