seine

noun
\ˈsān \

Definition of seine 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: a large net with sinkers on one edge and floats on the other that hangs vertically in the water and is used to enclose and catch fish when its ends are pulled together or are drawn ashore

seine

verb
seined; seining

Definition of seine (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to fish with or catch fish with a seine

transitive verb

: to fish for or in with a seine

Seine

geographical name
\ˈsān, ˈsen\

Definition of Seine (Entry 3 of 3)

river 480 miles (772 kilometers) long in northern France flowing northwest into the Bay of the Seine (inlet of the English Channel)

Examples of seine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a major success story for NIOSH's Research to Practice initiative, all three major manufacturers in the Northwest now provide E-Stops as standard features on their new seine winches. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Why aren’t more fishermen using this life-saving device?," 25 Feb. 2018 The most common piece of gear on a seine vessel is also one of the deadliest – the rotating capstan winch used for winding ropes. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Why aren’t more fishermen using this life-saving device?," 25 Feb. 2018 At our new camp just above the Kasikasima Rapids, the scientists redeploy their dragnet of seines, mist nets, pit traps, Winkler extractors, aluminum boxes and other collecting devices. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 29 Mar. 2017 In a fish-escape recovery plan filed with the state as a condition to operate, Cooke also committed to recapture escaped fish using company skiffs and seines, and/or enlisting tribes or contracting and hiring commercial fishing-boat operators. Alaska Dispatch News, "Fish-farming company offered money for Washington tribe’s silence about net pens, letters show," 12 Oct. 2017 At our new camp just above the Kasikasima Rapids, the scientists redeploy their dragnet of seines, mist nets, pit traps, Winkler extractors, aluminum boxes and other collecting devices. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 29 Mar. 2017 The boats were out Monday catching salmon on a purse seine — a long wall of netting used to encircle fish. Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Dispatch News, "Captain of capsized fishing boat jumps from safety back into water to rescue crewman," 26 July 2017 Not surprisingly, thousands of fishermen, using all kinds of seines, gill nets, and scoop nets, descend on the Tonle Sap during the annual migration to take advantage of the river’s bounty. National Geographic, "Enormous Fish Make One of the World’s Largest Migrations," 29 Mar. 2017 Likewise, oyster beds were scoured and permanently damaged, and shrimp populations were hit hard by the introduction of innovative seafood-harvesting methods like the seine net. Philip Connors, New York Times, "The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals," 26 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Seining the Lagoon at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Best bets for weekend family fun: Go to the park, plus 18 more things to do," 17 May 2017 The seining Illinois creeks class for high school students will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. May 13. Barbara Benson, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Citizens for Conservation lines up activities all summer long," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of seine

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1836, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for seine

Noun

Middle English, from Old English segne, from Latin sagena, from Greek sagēnē

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