• WordNet 3.6
    • n dragnet a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths
    • n dragnet a system of coordinated measures for apprehending (criminals or other individuals) "caught in the police dragnet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dragnet A net to be drawn along the bottom of a body of water, as in fishing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dragnet A net designed to be drawn on the bottom of a river or pond for taking fish, etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. drægnet,


In literature:

Izenberg was swept into the dragnet around Terminus, the self-proclaimed ultimate UNIX hacker.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
His thick, delightfully illustrated book is the best dragnet on American mammals extant.
"Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest" by J. Frank Dobie
Now dragnets were out for him; he was to be rehabilitated and restored.
"The Voice of the City" by O. Henry
I reached the Sandy Head as the light began to fail, and found some of the men I knew best fishing there with a sort of dragnet.
"The Aran Islands" by John M. Synge
It is extremely necessary to put out dragnets for specialists.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Then the authorities proceeded to throw out a fine-mesh dragnet.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
And he had never yet seen the slum that remained forever impervious to the right dragnet.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
When Pasquale found that only an insignificant peon Pedro Cabenza had been taken in his dragnet, he exploded with fury.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
The State Police have spread a dragnet, but it doesn't look hopeful.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
But the city isn't so big that any man, however clever, could escape your dragnet.
"Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls" by Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
This by no means improved his temper and he began to blunder about the office in a dragnet search.
"Prince or Chauffeur?" by Lawrence Perry
I think that dragnets have often come down and have been mistaken for whirlwinds and waterspouts.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
So you've got out the dragnet, eh?
"The Black Star" by Johnston McCulley
Its dragnet stirs without cleansing the bottom.
"Congressional Government" by Woodrow Wilson

In news:

Kumah Farms students pull fish from an aquaculture pond with a dragnet.
Dragnet chair in steel, stainless steel, and polyester-cotton in bright red by Kenneth Cobonpue, 888-889-9005.
Internet a dragnet for gang fugitives.
Federal immigration authorities today began releasing scores of foreign-born men who had been detained in a nationwide dragnet designed to track potential terrorists.
Dragnet' By Desson Howe Washington Post Staff Writer July 03, 1987.
Locals caught in drug dragnet .
Harry Morgan, best remembered for playing Joe Friday's partner on " Dragnet " and the kindly military surgeon Col. Sherman T Potter on the hit sitcom 'M*A*S*H,' passed away Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles.
Feds Say ' Dragnet ' Surveillance Lawsuit Threatens Security.
Dragnet Intensifies in Officer's Killing.
Dragnet nabs 10,000 fugitives.
But apparently, videos that use copyrighted songs in ways that seem to constitute "fair use" are being pulled from the site too as part of the dragnet.
For nearly a year, the three foreigners picked up at an apartment here a week after the Sept 11 attacks seemed like just another group of Arab men caught up in the government dragnet.
There have been some pretty memorable television catchphrases, from 'Dragnet's' "Just the facts, ma'am" to 'South Park's' "Oh my God, They Killed Kenny.
These words were immortalized by Sgt Joe Friday on the 1950's crime drama Dragnet.
40 swept up in Chattanooga police dragnet.