trawl·er | \ˈtrȯ-lər \

Definition of trawler 

1 : a boat used in trawling

2 : a person who fishes by trawling

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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 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 Sharks are killed both by targeted fishing for their fins and as bycatch, caught by trawlers and long-line fishermen seeking other species. Washington Post, "Sandy-ravaged aquarium opens splashy new shark exhibit," 26 June 2018 Wearing life jackets, the survivors were then moved to the deck of what appeared to be a fishing trawler. Vincent Thian,, "33 Chinese dead, 23 missing after boat sinks off Thai island," 6 July 2018 Under its structure, only 17 trawlers can fish for the gamba roja, and only during limited daylight hours. Wendy Mitman Clarke, Smithsonian, "How a Fallback to Historic Traditions Might Save Catalonia’s Red Shrimp Fishery," 5 July 2018 Photographer: Ariana Drehsler/Bloomberg Rusting fishing trawlers sit abandoned in Moynaq, Uzbekistan., "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 10 May 2018 Sulistyo said his trawler plied waters between Africa and the Caribbean., "'Sustainably caught' seafood? Nationwide distributor's murky supply chain exposed," 14 June 2018 Commercial trawlers, seiners and gillnetters sometimes catch them off the southern coasts of California, north to the Bering Sea and in waters off Japan. Author: Kyle Clayton, Anchorage Daily News, "Rare, ‘weird-looking’ 70-pound frozen fish washes ashore in Haines," 18 Feb. 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)


trawl·er | \ˈtrȯ-lər \

Kids Definition of trawler

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

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