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16th century, borrowed from Dutch tragelen (“to pull with a towline, trawl”), from Middle Dutch traghelen, from traghel (“dragnet”) (presumably from Latin tragula (“dragnet”)), and as such root-cognate with English drag.
- (UK) IPA(key): /tɹɔːl/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /tɹɔl/, /tɹɑl/
- Rhymes: -ɔːl
- Homophone: troll (some dialects)
trawl (plural trawls)
- A net or dragnet used for trawling. [from the 16th c.]
- A long fishing line having many short lines bearing hooks attached to it; a setline.
trawl (third-person singular simple present trawls, present participle trawling, simple past and past participle trawled)
- (transitive, intransitive) To take (fish or other marine animals) with a trawl.
- (intransitive) To fish from a slow-moving boat.
- (intransitive) To make an exhaustive search for something within a defined area.
- → Faroese: trol
To fish with a trawl
To make an exhaustive search within a defined area
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