dragnet

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noun drag·net \ˈdrag-ˌnet\

Definition of dragnet

  1. 1a :  a net drawn along the bottom of a body of waterb :  a net used on the ground (as to capture small game)

  2. 2 :  a network of measures for apprehension (as of criminals)

Examples of dragnet in a sentence

  1. Nine suspects were caught in the police dragnet.

Circa 1541

First Known Use of dragnet

circa 1541


DRAGNET Defined for English Language Learners

dragnet

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noun drag·net \ˈdrag-ˌnet\

Definition of dragnet for English Language Learners

  • : a series of actions that are done by the police in order to catch criminals

  • : a net that is pulled along the bottom of a river, lake, pond, etc., to search for or collect something


DRAGNET Defined for Kids

dragnet

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noun drag·net \ˈdrag-ˌnet\

Definition of dragnet for Students

  1. 1 :  a net that is pulled along the bottom of a body of water in order to catch or find something

  2. 2 :  a series of actions by police for catching a criminal



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