- fish with a trawl net or seine；catch with a trawl or seine
- an act of fishing with a trawl net or seine；a large wide-mouthed fishing net dragged by a boat along the bottom of the sea or a lake.
verb: trawl, 3rd person present: trawls, gerund or present participle: trawling, past tense: trawled, past participle: trawled
noun: trawl, plural noun: trawls
- 1. fish with a trawl net or seine the boats trawled for flounder restrictions on trawling
- ▪ catch with a trawl or seine British cod is being replaced by hoki, trawled from great depths off New Zealand
- ▪ drag or trail (something) through water she trawled a toe to test the temperature
- 2. search thoroughly the Home Office trawled through twenty-five-year-old confidential files he trawled his memory and remembered locking the door
- 1. an act of fishing with a trawl net or seine they had caught two trout on the lazy trawl up-lake
- ▪ a large wide-mouthed fishing net dragged by a boat along the bottom of the sea or a lake.
- 2. a thorough search a constant trawl for information
- 3. North American a long sea-fishing line along which are tied buoys supporting baited hooks on short lines.