drift net

noun

: a fishing net often miles in extent arranged to drift with the tide or current and buoyed up by floats or attached to a boat

Examples of drift net in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Poor weather has impeded searches for the drifting net, which is estimated to be 50 feet long and deep by 70 feet wide. USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2020 The group's dramatic video is punctuated by the image of a seal caught in a drift net. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, 27 Apr. 2018 Even at the one big bright spot at Bristol Bay, where another big sockeye catch of more than 37 million fish is expected, the value of drift net permits has stalled in the $150,000 range. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2018 Several good salmon years have piqued interest in that fishery and boosted drift net values to over $160,000 with listings few and far between. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drift net was in 1662

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“Drift net.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drift%20net. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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