trawl·​er | \ ˈtrȯ-lər How to pronounce trawler (audio) \

Definition of trawler

1 : a boat used in trawling
2 : a person who fishes by trawling

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Soon afterwards a growing fleet of Chinese fishing trawlers, many of them flying large red flags, surrounded the McCampbell. The Economist, "China crisis: October 2020," 4 July 2019 Life here revolves around a waterfront lined with weathered trawlers. National Geographic, "Discover a Swedish seaside town that’s obsessed with oysters," 29 Apr. 2019 The Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved a plan to protect more coral, sponges, reefs and other sensitive animals and formations from the nets of bottom trawlers that work off the West Coast. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Conservationists, West Coast bottom fishermen embrace ‘grand bargain’," 16 Apr. 2018 The 835-foot long Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier is a popular spot for catching striped bass and flounder, but even the fishing is slow this year, trawlers said. WSJ, "The New York City Beach That Doesn’t Make Waves," 19 June 2018 The internet was ablaze with frantic trawlers for spare flamethrowers. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Elon Musk thrusts civilian flamethrowers into the spotlight," 23 Mar. 2018 Jimmy Ruhle, owner of a 95-foot trawler, has been fishing from North Carolina to New England for 54 years. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Climate Change Drives Fish Into New Waters, Remaking an Industry," 22 Dec. 2018 Set on the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis went on to become a pivotal port for Civil War munitions, then was a fishing city (though, nowadays most of the trawlers have now been replaced by pleasure boats). Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Towns in America," 21 Sep. 2018 Images later published in Thai media showed fishing vessels rescuing people from the large, circular rafts, huddling together for warmth on the deck of a trawler. James Hookway, WSJ, "Dozens Missing After Tourist Boat Capsizes in Thailand," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of trawler

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of trawler

: a boat that is used for catching fish with a large net (called a trawl)


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Kids Definition of trawler

: a boat used for fishing with a large net dragged along the sea bottom

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