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
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 Some have also tried to trawl his tweets for clues on Tesla's investment plans for bitcoin. Michelle Toh, CNN, 25 May 2021 Commercial fishing in American Samoa generally takes two forms: small-scale operations by Indigenous fishers who operate out of catamarans, known as alia, and larger-scale ventures by commercial longliner vessels that can trawl deeper waters. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 Scammers trawl social networking sites, forums, and blogs for emails. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2021 Bag seine and trawl net surveys will give a representation of reproduction efforts. Matt Watt, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2021 Today, Nagin Lake is desolate and quiet as a tomb, devoid even of the rowing touts who normally trawl the water. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2021 Spain’s most prized shellfish conservas hail from the northwestern region of Galicia, where female shellfish diggers called mariscadoras trawl the muck for mollusks fetching upward of $100 a can. Benjamin Kemper, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2020 Cargoes of crude are changing hands at higher prices from the North Sea to the U.S. shale heartland of Midland, Texas as consumers trawl the globe for extra supplies. Alex Longley, Bloomberg.com, 13 Dec. 2020 Near Venezuela’s massive coastal refineries, residents forage for firewood and trawl their fishing nets on foot to find food. Isayen Herrera, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The work, intended to provide local data to supplement the long-running U.S. Geological Survey acoustic and bottom-trawl Lake Michigan prey fish surveys, had been scheduled to begin in 2020. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2021 Beam trawl and pot shrimping continues at the Panhandle, along with diving for sea cucumbers (1.7 million pounds) and geoduck clams. Anchorage Daily News, 22 Dec. 2020 During the trawl, the researchers studied 13 kitefin sharks, 7 blackbelly lantern sharks, and 4 southern lantern sharks, which were kept alive in a dark cold room on-board. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 Pollution, trawl-fishing, mining, and climate change all put this environment and the estimated 750,000 undiscovered species down there at risk. James Nestor, Scientific American, 12 Feb. 2018 The hydrothermal-vent fields lie inside the valley, with towering spires of rock that would snag any trawl—not to mention the hydrothermal fluid gushing out of the spires, which can reach 750 degrees Fahrenheit and melt any net. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2021 When a player of interest is identified, members of the recruitment staff trawl through footage of his domestic displays, and the corresponding performance data, on platforms like Wyscout, InStat and Scout7. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2021 The team detected 99 fish species during the year; a single liter of seawater turned up just as many species as were netted by a trawl, which sampled 66 million liters. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 3 Dec. 2020 Normally, the biggest driver would be data from the annual summer trawl surveys that have tracked the stocks for decades. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 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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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 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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