trawl

verb
\ˈtrȯl \
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

2 : setline

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

In 1987 a £1million ($1.3 million) exploration called Operation Deepscan used a fleet of 24 boats which used sonar equipment to trawled 23-mile long lake. Fox News, "Loch Ness Monster: This is Scotland's plan if the fabled beast is caught," 10 July 2018 The 45-year-old financial advisor from Ramsey, New Jersey, thinks of himself as a car nut, and his buddy is the kind of guy who likes to trawl the internet for car deals. Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg.com, "How to Lease a $50,000 BMW for Less Than a Subway Pass," 14 May 2018 The company provides a search engine that trawls nearly 50 million looping clips, from kitten fails to presidential facial expressions. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How Coders Are Fighting Bias in Facial Recognition Software," 29 Mar. 2018 Each time the whale shark came up to the photic zone to trawl for plankton, the bob would rise to the surface and (with luck) be detected by one of a network of orbiting satellites. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "What the Longest Known Whale Shark Migration Ever Tells Us About Conservation," 8 May 2018 With options to search by country, category (womenswear, menswear, accessories), and sustainability, navigating the site is far more efficient than trawling the racks at a trade show, say. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "This New Online Platform Is the Wikipedia of Young African Fashion Designers," 1 June 2018 Xavier has been trawling for shrimp and fish off India’s southwestern coast for more than three decades, his whole adult life. National Geographic, "How India’s Fishermen Turn Ocean Plastic Into Roads," 23 May 2018 Modern tactics, enabled by technology, allow law enforcement to trawl a wider — and more indiscriminate — pool before narrowing in on a specific individual. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "False starts in search for Golden State Killer reveal the pitfalls of DNA testing," 4 May 2018 To keep up with the American charts, Assayas recalled trawling the pages of British publications like NME at the newsstand. Olivia Aylmer, HWD, "Olivier Assayas on Cold Water, His Breakout Film, Restored at Last," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Young visitors can test water quality and trawl for plankton with the Billion Oyster Project, learn angling with I Fish NY, make sea creature masks and other crafts, and enjoy live music and theater. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 And although 2017 assessments by the U.S. Geological Survey found alewife biomass to be lowest on record (by bottom trawl) and fourth-lowest (by acoustic testing), the key forage fish is showing up on anglers' graphs and in salmon stomachs. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Larger salmon spicing up Lake Michigan catches this year," 23 June 2018 There are so many references that the show feels as if it was written by dragging a fishing trawl through a library. New York Times, "Who Is Neville Longbottom, and Why Should I Care? A Potter Newbie on That Broadway Show," 24 May 2018 Net mesh size and shape have been changed to allow smaller shrimp to escape the trawl, and the fishery is closed entirely for two months when juveniles move into the fishing grounds. Wendy Mitman Clarke, Smithsonian, "How a Fallback to Historic Traditions Might Save Catalonia’s Red Shrimp Fishery," 5 July 2018 The data included creel survey information, annual forage assessments by acoustic and bottom trawls and fish examined at weirs. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan chinook and alewife are near the desired balance, a new report says," 28 Mar. 2018 Aboard a wooden fishing trawler of about 65 feet, Fèlix Boquera helps ready the trawl net for the day’s work—the pursuit of the gamba roja, red shrimp. Wendy Mitman Clarke, Smithsonian, "How a Fallback to Historic Traditions Might Save Catalonia’s Red Shrimp Fishery," 5 July 2018 The population of alewife, the invasive fish that became the primary forage fish in the lake after the decline of the ciscos, is the lowest seen since bottom trawl studies were initiated in the 1970s. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake herring restoration is being considered for Lake Michigan," 3 Jan. 2018 The federal council vote, which happened April 9, is part of a broader effort to turn around the fortunes of the Northwest bottom trawl fleet. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Conservationists, West Coast bottom fishermen embrace ‘grand bargain’," 16 Apr. 2018

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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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trawl

verb

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 \
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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