- 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 trawl; 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 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 tr&amacron;gula, from trahere, to drag. V. tr., sense 3a, and v. intr., sense 2, influenced by troll1.
(third-person singular simple present trawls, present participle trawling, simple past and past participle trawled)
From Dutch traghel