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trawl

[ trawl ]
/ trɔl /
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noun
Also called trawl net . a strong fishing net for dragging along the sea bottom.
Also called trawl line . a buoyed line used in sea fishing, having numerous short lines with baited hooks attached at intervals.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of trawl

1475–85; <Middle Dutch tragel (noun), tragelen (v.); cognate with trail

OTHER WORDS FROM trawl

trawl·a·ble, adjectivetrawl·a·bil·i·ty, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH trawl

trawl , troll
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British Dictionary definitions for trawl

trawl
/ (trɔːl) /

noun sea fishing
Also called: trawl net a large net, usually in the shape of a sock or bag, drawn at deep levels behind special boats (trawlers)
Also called: trawl line a long line to which numerous shorter hooked lines are attached, suspended between buoysSee also setline, trotline
the act of trawling
verb
noun, verb
angling another word for troll 1

Word Origin for trawl

C17: from Middle Dutch traghelen to drag, from Latin trāgula dragnet; see trail
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