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Definition of the noun trawl

What does trawl mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: trawls

  1. a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys)
  2. a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths

Definition of the verb trawl

What does trawl mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: trawled | trawling | trawls

  1. fish with trawlers
    • examples: The men trawl the area for animals | The men trawl for animals in the area
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] for [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I searched for treasure in the cave
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I searched through America
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]I searched in the cave for treasure

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): advertise, check, comb, dive, drag, dredge, excavate, patrol, plumb, probe, prospect, prowl, quarry, rake, rifle, scavenge, scour, scout, search, shop, sift, troll, watch.

    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: fish = catch or try to catch fish or shellfish

Alternative definition of the verb trawl


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


"Trawl" is a musical EP of Ed Tullett.

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Phrases with Trawl

  1. trawl net
  2. trawl line

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Trawl

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Google previewMagistrates' Cases Relating to the Poor Law, the Criminal Law, Licensing and Other Subjects Chiefly Connected with the Duties and Office of Magistrates (1898)

Decided in the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal, the Queen's Bench Division, and in the Court for Crown Cases Reserved as Reported in the Law Journal Reports, 1894-1910

An otter trawl is an ingenious contrivance invented since the date of the by-laws, and dispenses with the beam.

Google previewCollected Essays (2011)

by Thomas Henry Huxley

The trawl is a sort of net for catching those fish which habitually live at the bottom of the sea, such as soles, plaice, turbot, and gurnett. The mouth of the net may be thirty or forty feet wide, and one edge of its mouth is fastened to a beam of wood ...

Google previewShark! Shark! (2013)

by Young,

A shrimp trawl is a tapering net affair with a wide mouth kept open by “legs” and spread lines, and measures perhaps sixty feet fore and aft when dragged along the bottom. The shrimp and other small fish are caught up by the net, and once ...

Google previewWired/Wireless Internet Communications (2011)

9th IFIP TC 6 International Conference, WWIC 2011, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain, June 15-17, 2011, Proceedings by Xavier Masip-Bruin, Dominique Verchere, Vassilis Tsaoussidis, Marcelo Yannuzzi

TRAWL is a feed forward neural network whose output layer is configurable for both homogeneous and heterogeneous networks. TRAWL uses an unsupervised back propagation learning mechanism, which captures predictable network ...

Google previewFocal Points in Geography (1967)

Case Studies

The trawl is a wide-mouthed sack made of net and it is towed along the sea bed, the mouth being kept open horizontally by means of two otter boards (seen fixed to the stern of the ship now the net is on board). Large spherical steel rollers ...

Google previewHandbook of Frozen Foods (2004)

by Y. H. Hui, Isabel Guerrero Legarretta, Miang Hoong Lim, K.D. Murrell, Wai-Kit Nip

The trawl is a large funnel,shaped bag held open by otter boards for entrapping the shrimps. However, this gear is quite low in specificity to the animal. Therefore considerable time is needed to separate the shrimp from other sea fishes ...

Google previewThe School Journal (1899)

The trawl is a long set line with many hooks attached. The hooks are baited with sea clams, small fish and squids, the trawl is anchored at the bottom and lifted every few hours to remove the fish. It is an exciting time on board the fishing boats, ...

Google previewEcology of Fresh Waters (2013)

A View for the Twenty-First Century by Brian R. Moss

Trawling is also a relatively non-selective method for bottom-living fish. The trawl is a bag of netting, kept open either by its resistance to movement through the water or by a wooden beam ...

Google previewThe Seafood Industry (2012)

Species, Products, Processing, and Safety by Linda Ankenman Granata, George J. Flick, Jr., Roy E. Martin

Trawling is the most important fishing method used to harvest demersal (bottom fish) species such as cod, haddock, rockfish, flatfish, shrimp, which normally inhabit waters near the seabed. The trawl is a conical-shaped net with a wide mouth ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

TRAWL, v. trawl [from Eng. trail, mid.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Marine Sciences (2012)

by Hanneke J.G. Baretta-Bekker, Egbert K. Duursma, Bouwe R. Kuipers

trawl net towed by a ...

Google previewDictionary of Cape Breton English (2016)

by William J. Davey, Richard MacKinnon

trawl noun; also string; compare backline a group of lobster traps, connected to a main line (backline) with a buoy at each end 1891 CANADA Sessional Papers of the Dominion of ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

—pike Fish and rice dish—kedgeree Fish basket—creel Fish by dragging bagnet along seabed—trawl Fish commercially with nets—trawl Fish cured by bloating— bloater ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Fish Physiology (2011)

From Genome to Environment

Bridle ' '\ / escapees <— Trawl Trawl escapees codend Sweep 4— zone Figure 11 Schematic showing path of a typical otter trawl. 1. Brett JR. The respiratory metabolism and swimming performance of.

Google previewDictionary of Prince Edward Island English (1996)

by T. K. Pratt

dog trawl board 46 damage was never as great as it is now since the line was so heavy and it took a lot to move it. The trend towards the shorter dog-trawls occurred in the 19405 as haulers on boats were installed. Because these are so light, ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

spiller, trawl fishing pole rod fishing port in England Falmouth fishing port in France St Tropez fishing reel winch fishing right piscary fishing rod pole fishing sloop smack fishing snare net fishing spear gaff, leister fishing spool reel fishing stick ...

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Trawl Meaning

Video shows what trawl means. A net or dragnet used for trawling.. A long fishing line having many short lines bearing hooks attached to it; a setline.. trawl ...

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Scrabble value of T1R1A1W4L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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