• WordNet 3.6
    • n trolling angling by drawing a baited line through the water
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trolling In fishing:
    • n trolling The method of dragging or trailing a fishing-line and hook behind a boat, at or near the surface of the water; trawling. The tackle consists of a strong hand-line from 25 to 75 yards long, and a spoon-hook, or one of the many kinds of spinning-baits, trolling-spoons, propellers, etc. Trolling is also sometimes practised from the shore with a rod. The hook may be baited, as with a minnow, but artificial lures are most used.
    • n trolling In Great Britain, a mode of fishing for pike with a rod and line, and with a dead bait, used chiefly when the water is full of weeds, rushes, etc. A gudgeon is the best bait, and is used by running longitudinally through it a piece of twisted brass wire, weighted with a long piece of lead, and having two hooks attached. The bait is dropped into holes, and is worked up and down by the lifting and falling of the rod-point. Compare trawling.
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In literature:

Then we put on spinners and trolled from the shores by casting.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Don Juan laughed, and commenced trolling forth a jovial song as we rode along, as if he did not like to be lectured by our tutor.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
Still he scraped on, every now and then trolling forth snatches of French songs.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
If she could only be sure that Lisbeth would behave properly and not act like a changeling, a troll child!
"Lisbeth Longfrock" by Hans Aanrud
One day, as he sat in his own room, he heard the voice of the old troll beneath his window talking to another troll.
"The Olive Fairy Book" by Various
While angling among the albacores, with the prospect of making a successful troll, they had thought less of it.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
The old Troll's promise was fulfilled, and her life had been a perfectly happy one.
"Soap-Bubble Stories" by Fanny Barry
Ring did so, and soon the trolls wakened up.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
So the very next mornin' he got a big roomy boat, and we sot out to troll for fish.
"Samantha at Coney Island" by Marietta Holley
Jointing up the rod and affixing the reel, Tim Reardon ran out his line, tied on the bright spoon-hook and began trolling.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
I thought of "Peer Gynt" wandering in the high home of the Trolls.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
For a moment he stood, running through all he had learned about the trolls which infested these northlands.
"The Valor of Cappen Varra" by Poul William Anderson
I must have you, body and soul, Master Troll, Master Troll!
"Our Young Folks, Vol 1, No. 1" by Various
You're coming up the coast with us next week for the salmon-trolling?
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
In Scandinavian mythology, the evil spirits are generally called Trolls (or Trolds).
"The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P." by Edward Bulwer Lytton
There are enthusiastic anglers, however, whose specialty is trolling for lake trout.
"Woodcraft and Camping" by George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
The Dwarfs, or Trolls; 3.
"British Goblins" by Wirt Sikes
The chorus was trolled out again and again, the singers applauding their own exertions vigorously, by repeated raps upon the table.
"William Shakespeare as he lived." by Henry Curling
When you promised to come back in ten years, like a troll, and fetch me!
"Mr Punch's Pocket Ibsen - A Collection of Some of the Master's Best Known Dramas" by F. Anstey
There an old lime-kiln, like some troll's dwelling, broke the endless swell of green and brown.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 3" by Various

In poetry:

Starving through the leafless wood
Trolls run scolding for their food;
And the nightingale is dumb,
And the angel will not come.
"Autumn Song" by W H Auden
That night the harvesters heard the sound
Of a woman sobbing underground,
And the voice of the Hill-Troll loud with blame
Of the careless singer who told his name.
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Troll he heard him, and hurried on
To Kallundborg church with the lacking stone.
"Too late, Gaffer Fine!" cried Esbern Snare;
And Troll and pillar vanished in air!
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Lie still, my darling! next sunrise
Thou'lt play with Esbern Snare's heart and eyes!"
"Ho! ho!" quoth Esbern, "is that your game?
Thanks to the Troll-wife, I know his name!"
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier
We met. 'Twas in the billows roll.
Oh how he sang with joy;
But not a hymn, - a merry troll
With gusto of a boy.
I looked, and lo! the priest was gone,
And in his place a laughing faun. . . .
"Sea Change" by Robert W Service
And the mirth increased as the day wore on,
And Croquard didn't seem the least woe-begone;
But, as he was trolling out a very merry song,
A wandering minstrel sat down beside him, and thought it no wrong.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

in the Works, Kevin Smith Is Just Trolling Us Now.
We trolled with original Rapalas, without fail, before we learned to return to areas that concentrated fish, and started casting suspending jerkbaits.
I zoned out on the 904 bus, the one that trolls Coronado island and takes you to the ferry.
Olympic Peninsula Explorers What: Troll Stroll in Gardiner.
The media gives trolls the attention they crave.
At first glance, it seemed like Shell Oil had set themselves up for some pretty epic trolling.
Falls woman trolls for Guinness record with 3,254 dolls.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Goes After Twitter Troll Who Harassed His Mom.
It's hard to believe that the Lindsay Lohan that trolls L.A.
A notorious group of Internet trolls says it has unleashed a worm that has littered Tumblr blogs with inflammatory and racist posts.
Internet Trolls Insert Themselves Into 'Dark Knight' Shooting Tragedy.
S OME COME FOR THE MUSTARD, others for trolls.
Statoil has awarded Aibel a contract for modules and modifications for two new pre-compressors on the Troll A platform in the North Sea.
In fact, slowing down on the troll often produces more and bigger fish.
It looks like a troupe of pranksters has trolled just about an entire Virginia shopping mall by convincing shoppers one of its members was a celebrity.