- The definition of a trawl is a large, baglike net for fishing or a long line supported by buoys from which multiple fishing lines are hung.
An example of a trawl is a huge net for catching many fish at once.
- Trawl is defined as to fish or catch with a large, baglike net.
An example of trawl is to catch many fish in a large net.
- a large, baglike net dragged by a boat along the bottom of a fishing bankalso trawlnet
- ☆ a long line supported by buoys, from which many short fishing lines are hungalso trawl line
- Chiefly Brit. a thorough search
Origin: from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle Dutch traghel, dragnet from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Latin tragula: see trail
- to fish or catch with a trawl
- Chiefly Brit. to make a thorough search (of): often with through: to trawl a biography for telling anecdotes
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- A trawl net.
- See setline.
- To fish with a trawl.
- To troll.
Origin: Possibly Middle English trawelle, perhaps from Middle Dutch tragel, dragnet, possibly from Latin trāgula, from trahere, to drag.