Definition of Trawl

1. Noun. A long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys).

Exact synonyms: Setline, Spiller, Trawl Line, Trotline
Generic synonyms: Fishing Line



2. Verb. Fish with trawlers. "The men trawl for animals in the area"
Generic synonyms: Fish

3. Noun. A conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths.
Exact synonyms: Dragnet, Trawl Net
Generic synonyms: Fishing Net, Fishnet

Definition of Trawl

1. v. i. To take fish, or other marine animals, with a trawl.

2. n. A fishing line, often extending a mile or more, having many short lines bearing hooks attached to it. It is used for catching cod, halibut, etc.; a boulter.

Definition of Trawl

1. Noun. A net or dragnet used for trawling. (defdate from the 16th c.) ¹

2. Noun. A long fishing line having many short lines bearing hooks attached to it; a setline. ¹

3. Verb. To take fish, or other marine animals, with a trawl. ¹

4. Verb. To fish from a slow moving boat. ¹

5. Verb. To make an exhaustive search for something within a defined area. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Trawl

1. to fish by dragging a net along the sea bottom [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Trawl

1. To take fish, or other marine animals, with a trawl. Origin: OF. Trauler, troller, F. Troter, to drag about, to stroll about; probably of Teutonic origin. Cf. Troll. 1. A fishing line, often extending a mile or more, having many short lines bearing hooks attached to it. It is used for catching cod, halibut, etc.; a boulter. 2. A large bag net attached to a beam with iron frames at its ends, and dragged at the bottom of the sea, used in fishing, and in gathering forms of marine life from the sea bottom. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trawl

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travertine
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traves
travestied
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travis
travises
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travoise
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trawl (current term)
trawl line
trawl net
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trawler
trawlerman
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Literary usage of Trawl

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1. The U. S. Coal Industry, 1970-1990: Two Decades of ChangeTechnology (1994)
"With the sled tied off, both divers can leave the sled to conduct their work on the trawl. At the end of the dive, the divers reboard the sled, ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"To understand clearly the facilities offered to the fish to enter the pockets, it is necessary to remember that the trawl, when at work, is towed along, ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General (1890)
"The ends of the ground-rope are fastened at each side by a few turns round the back of the trawl- head», just above the shoe, and the rope itself rests on ..."

4. The Weekly Reporter by Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords, Great Britain. Privy Council, Great Britain. Supreme Court of Judicature (1898)
"Held, that an " otter " trawl, which is a trawl not having any beam across from side to side, but which has two " otter " boards so fixed that the motion ..."

5. Deep-sea Fishing and Fishing Boats: An Account of the Practical Working of by Edmund William Hunt Holdsworth (1874)
"Uncertainty as to origin of — Various kinds of trawl — Supposed long use of — Principal trawling stations — Description of the beam-trawl — Beam, heads, ..."

6. The Resources of the Sea, as Shown in the Scientific Experiments to Test the by William Carmichael McIntosh (1899)
"A calm survey of the situation, therefore, does not lend support to the notion that the trawl, as ordinarily employed in sea-fishing, is the only destroyer ..."

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