gill·​net | \ ˈgil-ˌnet How to pronounce gillnet (audio) \
gillnetted; gillnetting; gillnets

Definition of gillnet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to catch (fish) with a gill net

gill net


Definition of gill net (Entry 2 of 2)

: a flat net suspended vertically in the water with meshes that allow the head of a fish to pass but entangle the gills upon withdrawal

Examples of gillnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Spring gill net surveys showed a more widespread downturn for the species. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Jan. 2022 Coastwide, those gill nets showed a 20 percent decrease from the long-term average as well as from 2019 (2020 gill net sampling did not occur because of the COVID-19 pandemic). Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Jan. 2022 To assess the effects of trap and gill nets on sport fish, over the last two years a UW-Green Bay graduate student accompanied commercial fishermen and documented the results of 593 trap net lifts and 29 large mesh gill net lifts. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Dec. 2021 Since then, at least one vaquita has died in a gill net, according to advocates. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 In addition to limits on the crab season, the state is also phasing out the use of what are called drift gill net fishing gear used for swordfish fishery that can kill turtles. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 Southern flounder have suffered a precipitous, long-term decline for decades, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department data such as seine bag and gill net surveys. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Nov. 2021 The essentials of the gill net fishery haven’t changed all that much over the decades. Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The drift gill net fishery for swordfish began off the coast of Southern California in the late 1970s and quickly grew into one of the major commercial fleets in the state. Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gillnet


1949, in the meaning defined above


1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Gillnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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