• WordNet 3.6
    • v trawl fish with trawlers
    • n trawl a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths
    • n trawl a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trawl A fishing line, often extending a mile or more, having many short lines bearing hooks attached to it. It is used for catching cod, halibut, etc.; a boulter.
    • Trawl A large bag net attached to a beam with iron frames at its ends, and dragged at the bottom of the sea, -- used in fishing, and in gathering forms of marine life from the sea bottom.
    • v. i Trawl To take fish, or other marine animals, with a trawl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trawl To drag, as a trawlnet.
    • trawl To catch or take with a trawl-net.
    • trawl To use a trawl-line or trawl-net; fish with a trawl. Synonyms Trawl, Troll. These words and their derivatives are interchangeable in one sense, and not in another. Both are used of surface-fishing, in which the line is trailed along the surface after a boat; troll is more frequent than trawl in literary use. Trawl alone is used of bottom-fishing with a set-line.
    • n trawl A buoyed line, often of great length, to which short lines with baited hooks are attached at suitable intervals; a trawl-line. Each section or single length of a trawl is a skate. In England a single trawl is usually forty fathoms in length, with twenty-six hooks attached by snoods. As many of these lines are united as it is thought expedient to join, and are shot across the tide as the vessel sails along, so that the snoods may hang clear. There are usually anchors near the ends at intervals of forty fathoms, to keep the line in position, as well as buoys to float it The trawl used in America consists of a long line from forty fathoms to several miles in length, which is anchored at each end to the bottom, the position of the ends being shown by buoys; lines about 2 to 6 feet long, with a hook at the end, are attached at intervals of about 3½ to 15 feet. In some cases the hooks on a single line number as many as five thousand; on the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts the usual number is from four hundred to three thousand. Bait of the proper kind is placed upon the hooks, and the lines are allowed to remain down through a part of a tide. If set at half-tide, they are sometimes overhauled at intervals of half an hour or an hour. When taking them up for examination, the fisherman, beginning at one end close to the buoy, lifts the main line to the surface and carries it along over one side of the boat, which is hauled along under the line toward the other end. The fish found upon the hooks are dropped into the boat by the man who pulls up the line, while a companion, as the line passes over the boat, puts new bait, if necessary, upon the hooks and drops them again into the water. The principal fish taken in this way on the United States coast are the cod, hake, haddock, and skate. It is also called trotline, and in Great Britain is known as long-line, spillan, spillar, spiller, spilliard, or bultow; the last is also the Canadian name.
    • n trawl A large bag-net, with a wide mouth held open by a frame or other contrivance, and often having net wings on each side of the mouth, designed to be dragged along the bottom by a boat. A beam about 14 feet long, made of stout iron gas-pipe, has fitted to it a net about 40 feet deep, fine toward the end and provided with numerous pockets, for the capture of bottom-fishes, as well as crabs, lobsters, etc. It cannot be used where the bottom is rocky or rough. In Great Britain the trawl-net is a large triangular purse-shaped net, usually about 70 feet long, about 40 feet broad at the mouth, diminishing to 4 or 5 at the cod, which forms the extremity furthest from the boat, and is about 10 feet long, and of nearly uniform breadth. The mouth is kept extended by a wooden beam. The net is furnished with two interior pockets, one on each side, for securing the fish turning back from the cod. Trawl-nets in various forms are also used for submarine exploration in deep water.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Trawl trawl to fish by dragging a trawl along the bottom
    • v.t Trawl to drag, to take with a trawl
    • n Trawl a wide-mouthed bag-net for trawling: a long line buoyed upon water, with baited hooks at intervals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. trauler, troller, F. trôter, to drag about, to stroll about; probably of Teutonic origin. Cf. Troll (v. t.)


In literature:

By-the-bye, I saw our friend Mr Gray lately, Mrs Trawl, and he was inquiring for you.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
Here the Frenchman let down his trawl, and fished up, among other curiosities of the deep, the submarine cable!
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
If the night is clear you can sleep, except when the trawl is being got up.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
What fry could evade the hook, the net, or the trawl of these men?
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
It was supposed that the water was too deep and the bottom too uneven and rocky to make trawling possible.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
That something was trawling overhead?
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
He was going out all night trawling, and might be busy for some days to come.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
On the two occasions on which the vessel was anchored to ice-floes the trawl-net was used, and the hempen tangles.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
The fog cleared that night and they smashed out to the fishing-grounds ahead of a cracking breeze, and had their trawls down in the early dawn.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
They only form a small portion of English and Irish trawling vessels.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
Trawling destroyed immature fish, and so contributed to the failure of the fisheries.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Treasures from depths of forty and even fifty fathoms can be obtained when a trip is taken with the trawl-men.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
One man alone can bait and handle four tubs of trawl.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
I'll bet he's glad to change winter trawling for summer seining.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
John, Ivan and Mathew went to draw their trawls, which had been set some miles to the eastward of the islands.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 3" by Various
Then came a morning at last when the trawl was hauled in for the last time, and the boat's head pointed towards Yarmouth.
"The Truants" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
The men lost in fogs or bad weather while looking for or visiting their trawls swell the list of casualties year by year.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
It is generally taken by trawling, and is captured in large quantities by trawlers fishing in various parts of the North Sea.
"The Life of Crustacea" by William Thomas Calman
One trawler of each fleet was to tow, instead of a trawl, a C-class submarine.
"The Story of Our Submarines" by John Graham Bower
One of the fishermen jumped into the boat, while his dory-mate handed him down the tubs of baited trawls.
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace

In poetry:

Oh waves and winds! embrace with bold caresses
the bluffs of home with all their seabirds calling!
Lovingly, waves, salute the boats out trawling!
Lightly, oh winds, kiss glowing cheeks and tresses!
"I Send Greetings!" by Jonas Hallgrimsson

In news:

Not too late to comment on trawl bycatch.
Bottom Trawling In the Fins Game.
Irish fisherman Syracuse — "Circus" to his friends and enemies — is out trawling when his net brings up a woman.
Bottom trawling flattens seafloor .
Bottom trawling leaves the seafloor looking like a plowed field.
Energy body RenewableUK in trawl for agency help.
Trawl World War I Navy Records for Weather Data.
Fisherman's arrest in Asia: China and Japan must not trawl for trouble.
Troll versus trawl pops up on Chris Waigl's Eggcorn Database.
Fishing for Compliments While trawling for casual-dining customers who might otherwise go to California Fish Grill, the similarly named Fish Grill Factory needs better bait.
Bottom trawling ban off Alaska to widen.
10-24-12: Seahorses Threatened by Trawling and Pollution.
Hey, young movie fanatic, interested in trawling commercial cinema for cool discoveries and honing your auteurist cred.
They are trawling her mobile phone records after it emerged that she sent a text to a colleague after she was last seen alive.
Memo: 'Relentless and cynical traffic-trawling is bad for the soul.

In science:

The HITS algorithm attempts to identify good hubs and authorities by assigning hub and authority weights to webpages based on a (QR [104]) matrix power iteration. A similar project approaches trawling the web for cyber-communities as mining structure in bipartite graphs.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Trawling the Web for Emerging CyberCommunities.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Trawling the Web for Cyber-communities A specialisation of the diamond cube is found in Kumar et al.’s work searching for emerging social networks on the Web .
Diamond Dicing
Due to the knockout of intranuclear nucleons by fast nucleons and pions, the slower particles pass through a lower-density region, thereby undergoing fewer rescatterings; this is the so-called “trawling” effect.
Evaluation of the total photoabsorption cross sections for actinides from photofission data and model calculations
As was shown in Refs. [33, 34, 41], the trawling effect is important for a realistic description of reactions at pro jectile energies above several GeV.
Evaluation of the total photoabsorption cross sections for actinides from photofission data and model calculations
However, for 250 ≤ Eγ ≤ 1200 MeV, our fission probabilities for 232Th (variants A and B ) are noticeably lower than those of Ref. , where the effect of pre-equilibrium emission, the trawling effect, and some multiple-pion photoproduction channels were neglected.
Evaluation of the total photoabsorption cross sections for actinides from photofission data and model calculations
Trawling the web for emerging cyber-communities.
Impact of Random Failures and Attacks on Poisson and Power-Law Random Networks