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1trawl

verb \ˈtrl\

: to catch fish with a large net (called a trawl)

: to search through (something) in order to find someone or something

Full Definition of TRAWL

intransitive verb
1
a :  to fish with a trawl
b :  to make a search as if by trawling
2
:  troll 2a
transitive verb
:  to catch (fish) with a trawl
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Examples of TRAWL

  1. The boat trawled far out at sea.
  2. a fishing boat trawling the ocean floor
  3. He trawled the Internet looking for Web sites on growing grapes.
  4. She was trawling through old letters for information about her family.

Origin of TRAWL

probably from obsolete Dutch tragelen
First Known Use: 1561

2trawl

noun

: a large net that a boat pulls along the bottom of the ocean to catch fish

Full Definition of TRAWL

1
:  a large conical net dragged along the sea bottom in gathering fish or other marine life
2
:  setline

First Known Use of TRAWL

1759

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor
TRAWLING Defined for Kids

1trawl

verb \ˈtrl\
trawledtrawl·ing

Definition of TRAWL for Kids

:  to fish or catch with a large net dragged along the sea bottom

2trawl

noun

Definition of TRAWL for Kids

:  a large net in the shape of a cone dragged along the sea bottom in fishing

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