- 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 trawl′net·
- a long line supported by buoys, from which many short fishing lines are hungalso trawl line
- Chiefly Brit. a thorough search
Origin of trawlfrom 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 amusing anecdotes
- A trawl net.
- See setline.
- a. An act of trawling, as for fish.b. An act of searching for or examining something: A trawl of local records produced some leads.
verbtrawled, trawl·ing, trawls
- To catch (fish) with a trawl.
- To fish (an area) with a trawl.
- a. To search (an area) or go to (different places) in search of something: trawled the shops for a bargain.b. To make an examination of something: trawled the archives for a manuscript.
- To fish with a trawl.
- To troll.
- a. To search for or try to acquire something: a contractor trawling for day laborers.b. To make an examination of something: trawling through a writer's papers.
Origin of trawlPossibly Middle English trawelle perhaps from Middle Dutch tragel dragnet possibly from Latin trāgula from trahere to drag V. tr., sense 3a, and v. intr., sense 2, influenced by troll 1
(third-person singular simple present trawls, present participle trawling, simple past and past participle trawled)
From Dutch traghel