\ ˈsān How to pronounce seine (audio) \

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


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


geographical name
\ ˈsān How to pronounce Seine (audio) , 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 The seine fleet this year has a harvest of 33,304 tons (nearly 67 million pounds), but managers predict low participation and limited processing capacity. Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic boosted sales of Alaska canned salmon to record levels," 30 Mar. 2021 There has been absolutely no activity in that Chignik seine permit market and the lowest asking price is probably about $90,000. Anchorage Daily News, "Some ups but mostly downs for Alaska salmon permit values," 3 Nov. 2020 The trio is charged with catching ciscoes — also known as lake herring or tullibees — using seine nets and other unlawful methods and then selling them to bait shops, gas stations and other retailers from October 2012 to December 2016. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "Ely resort owners charged with illegal gathering and sale of prized bait fish," 10 Sep. 2020 The three of us hauled one of John B.’s fifteen-yard seine nets over to the Croatan Sound. David Wright Faladé, The New Yorker, "The Sand Banks, 1861," 24 Aug. 2020 Purse seine fishing nets: Large nets used to capture an enormous volume of fish at once. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 10 Aug. 2020 The Asian carp, which included 40 silver carp and 11 grass carp, were collected by commercial fishermen using seines to target buffalo and common carp. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Catch of 51 Asian carp in Mississippi River near La Crosse is largest in Wisconsin or Minnesota waters," 13 Mar. 2020 Listings by other brokers reflect the same trend, with Area M seine permits also commanding over $180,000. Anchorage Daily News, "Regional fishing successes cause spike in sale prices for Alaska salmon permits," 26 Nov. 2019 At Kodiak, which had a strong 2019 fishery, the value of seine permits increased for the first time in many years, from $30,000 to $40,000. Anchorage Daily News, "Regional fishing successes cause spike in sale prices for Alaska salmon permits," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nina mentioned the recent rain, which had interrupted berry picking and caused the ladies to cease seining for whitefish. Seth Kantner, Anchorage Daily News, "Lost in the years: Nourished by memories, wisdom and moose meat in Northwest Alaska," 6 Dec. 2019 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,, "Column: Citizens for Conservation lines up activities all summer long," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of seine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for seine


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

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“Seine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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