Trawl definitions

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A trawl net.
noun
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To catch (fish) with a trawl.
verb
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A large, baglike net dragged by a boat along the bottom of a fishing bank.
noun
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To fish (an area) with a trawl.
verb
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A long line supported by buoys, from which many short fishing lines are hung.
noun
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To search (an area) or go to (different places) in search of something.

Trawled the shops for a bargain.

verb
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A thorough search.
noun
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To make an examination of something.

Trawled the archives for a manuscript.

verb
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To fish or catch with a trawl.
verb
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To make a thorough search (of)

To trawl a biography for amusing anecdotes.

verb
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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.

noun
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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.

verb
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A net or dragnet used for trawling. [from the 16th c.]
noun
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A long fishing line having many short lines bearing hooks attached to it; a setline.
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An act of trawling, as for fish.
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An act of searching for or examining something.

A trawl of local records produced some leads.

noun
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To fish with a trawl.
verb
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To troll.
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To search for or try to acquire something.

A contractor trawling for day laborers.

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To make an examination of something.

Trawling through a writer's papers.

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To take fish, or other marine animals, with a trawl.
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To fish from a slow moving boat.
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To make an exhaustive search for something within a defined area.
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Origin of trawl

Possibly 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