\ 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 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 The fish are small and tend to hide in vegetation, and sampling relies on catching the darters in seine nets. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Watercress darter survives in Birmingham’s industrial corridor," 1 Nov. 2019 Down at the small boat harbor, fisherman Hein Kruithof secured a trailer heaped with seine nets behind his ailing pickup. Anchorage Daily News, "For Cordova, a winter without ferry service and heavy questions about the future," 21 Sep. 2019 Suttkus was a relentless field biologist, wading hip- and neck-deep in the waters of the region over the next 50 years, pulling one end of a 10-foot-long seine net while a graduate student at the other end tried to keep up. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "These surreal jarred fish tell an urgent story of extinction," 20 Sep. 2019 Menhaden jump from the water as fishermen of the Cockrells Creek begin to raise a seine net Tuesday morning September 3, 2019. Scott Dance,, "As Canadian company defies fish harvest cap, Maryland advocates worry of impact on striped bass, other species," 19 Sep. 2019 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 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 29 May. 2020.

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