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trawl

verb \ ˈtrȯl \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of trawl

trawled; trawling; trawls
1 a : to fish with a trawl
b : to make a search as if by trawling
2 : troll 1a
: to catch (fish) with a trawl

Examples of trawl in a Sentence

  1. The boat trawled far out at sea.

  2. a fishing boat trawling the ocean floor

  3. He trawled the Internet looking for Web sites on growing grapes.

  4. She was trawling through old letters for information about her family.

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Origin and Etymology of trawl

probably from obsolete Dutch tragelen


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trawl

noun

Definition of trawl

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

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First Known Use of trawl

1759

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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TRAWL Defined for English Language Learners

trawl

Definition of trawl for English Language Learners

  • : to catch fish with a large net (called a trawl)

  • : to search through (something) in order to find someone or something


trawl

Definition of trawl for English Language Learners

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


TRAWL Defined for Kids

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trawl

verb \ ˈtrȯl \

Definition of trawl for Students

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

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trawl

noun

Definition of trawl for Students

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


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