trawl

verb
\ ˈtrȯl How to pronounce trawl (audio) \
trawled; trawling; trawls

Definition of trawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to fish with a trawl
b : to make a search as if by trawling

transitive verb

: to catch (fish) with a trawl

trawl

noun

Definition of trawl (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a large conical net dragged along the sea bottom in gathering fish or other marine life

Examples of trawl in a Sentence

Verb The boat trawled far out at sea. a fishing boat trawling the ocean floor He trawled the Internet looking for Web sites on growing grapes. She was trawling through old letters for information about her family.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Online portals such as loco2 and thetrainline have simplified bookings across multiple operators, but passengers often still have to trawl national train company websites to find the right fare. Washington Post, "Get Ready to Ditch Your Business Class Flight," 29 Oct. 2019 More or less Fargo for Mainers, this homespun murder mystery is set in the remote coastal outpost of Easter Cove, where sea salt hangs heavy in the air and local men work on the water, trawling the ocean for a fresh catch. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to stream (and skip) on Netflix and Amazon Prime this weekend," 20 Mar. 2020 Players obsess over each small detail in their 60- or 100-card decks, and to perfect them, trawl the glass cases at hobbyist shops for cards that will complete them. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Entire History of World of Warcraft," 23 Apr. 2020 These floating escort agencies materialize out of nowhere to service patrons who trawl the dark web to find them — only to quietly fold their tents and disappear once the police get wind of them. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Pop-Up Brothels, Severed Tongues and Creepy Nursery Rhymes," 20 Feb. 2020 To test this on a global level, scientists trawled through reports of new behaviors among bird species and compared them with the level of risk for each species on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Jack Guy, CNN, "Birds that learn new behaviors less likely to go extinct, says study," 7 Apr. 2020 The Chinese fishers are helping feed the country’s growing appetite for seafood by trawling the South China Sea. New York Times, "China Chases Indonesia’s Fishing Fleets, Staking Claim to Sea’s Riches," 31 Mar. 2020 Amateur astronomers played an important role in the discovery by trawling through data from NASA’s planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Fox News, "Amateur astronomers help discover incredible teardrop-shaped star," 11 Mar. 2020 The games of that series brazenly rejected the seamless fun typically associated with the medium, preferring instead to trawl choppier aesthetic waters. Adrian Chen, New York Times, "Hideo Kojima’s Strange, Unforgettable Video-Game Worlds," 3 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her work so far has included gathering and shipping primarily plastic trawl nets to Europe where they are recycled into pellets for sale to makers of a myriad of products from skateboards to cellphone covers. Anchorage Daily News, "Recycled fishing nets from Cordova will soon help launch a new clothing line," 2 June 2020 The cancellations include bottom trawl surveys at the Aleutian Islands, the eastern Bering Sea and the northern Bering Sea, the Bering Sea pollock acoustics survey, and the fall ecosystem survey. Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-19 forces cancellation of annual Alaska fish and crab surveys," 9 June 2020 Presently, trawl fisheries are mainly dependent on this bycatch income. Haritha John, Quartz India, "Fish meal and fish oil industries are wiping out India’s marine resources," 8 Jan. 2020 So for Monchi, Sevilla’s sporting director — in charge of the club’s recruitment operations — there is still data to trawl and video to watch. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Soccer’s Business Hasn’t Stopped. It’s Just Waiting for the New Prices.," 15 Apr. 2020 The second was a formula for the Canadian allocation that was designed to mitigate their current and future losses from the trawl bycatch in the Bering Sea. Anchorage Daily News, "Lower catches forecast for Pacific halibut; Alaska Symphony of Seafood winners," 3 Dec. 2019 The latest episode occurred in February, fishers said, when Chinese fishing boats flanked by Chinese Coast Guard vessels dropped their trawl nets yet again. New York Times, "China Chases Indonesia’s Fishing Fleets, Staking Claim to Sea’s Riches," 31 Mar. 2020 Southeast’s shrimp trawl fishery closed on Feb. 3 around Petersburg and Wrangell with a catch of 400,000 pounds of pinks and sidestripes. Anchorage Daily News, "Several fish bills before the Alaska Legislature have wide support from fishermen," 11 Feb. 2020 The good news is that after each trawl, burrowing animals returned and re-created the conditions for denitrification. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Fishing trawlers could harm water quality by disrupting seafloor microbes," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of trawl

Verb

1561, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trawl

Verb

probably from obsolete Dutch tragelen

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The first known use of trawl was in 1561

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“Trawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trawl. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for trawl

trawl

verb
How to pronounce trawl (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of trawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to catch fish with a large net (called a trawl)
: to search through (something) in order to find someone or something

trawl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trawl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large net that a boat pulls along the bottom of the ocean to catch fish

trawl

verb
\ ˈtrȯl How to pronounce trawl (audio) \
trawled; trawling

Kids Definition of trawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fish or catch with a large net dragged along the sea bottom

trawl

noun

Kids Definition of trawl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large net in the shape of a cone dragged along the sea bottom in fishing

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