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

Examples of trawler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In May, Indonesian authorities began probing a Chinese tuna trawler where four Indonesian fishermen died while on the South Pacific Ocean. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "China’s Fishing Fleet, the World’s Largest, Drives Beijing’s Global Ambitions," 21 Apr. 2021 Hailed by 600,000 spectators and monitored by a Russian trawler, Columbia bolted skyward on schedule at 7 a.m., rolled upside down, and reached orbit nine minutes later. Roger Simmons,, "Up, up and away: Space Shuttle Columbia first launched 40 years ago today," 12 Apr. 2021 In 2010, China cut its exports of rare earths after a Chinese trawler collided with two Japanese Coast Guard ships in the East China Sea. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, "China Rattles Its Rare-Earth-Minerals Saber, Again," 25 Feb. 2021 With a crew of 18 fishermen, and two biologists from the institute, Páll’s brother, Guðmundur Guðmundsson, captained their trawler, Huginn, to southern Icelandic waters to conduct their survey. Regin Winther Poulsen, The Atlantic, "The Rules for Dividing the Ocean’s Riches Are Breaking," 13 Feb. 2021 That one is detuned to 500 horsepower, but a couple of those would get your trawler moving pretty good. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Mercury Is Building a 600-Horsepower V-12 Outboard Motor," 12 Feb. 2021 Similarly, on a fishing trawler that left for sea from Seattle, only three sailors who had antibodies to the new coronavirus before the trip stayed virus-free. New York Times, "Childhood Colds Do Not Prevent Coronavirus Infection, Study Finds," 10 Feb. 2021 The fishing trawler, assigned to Scotland’s fisheries management agency, snared the mine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Fishermen Catch WWII Mine, Extremely Satisfying Explosion Ensues," 4 Dec. 2020 Neasa Hardiman wrote and directed this 2019 waterbound thriller about … something found under the surface by a fishing trawler. Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now," 17 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of trawler

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Apr 2021

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“Trawler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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