Definition of trawl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//trɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɔːl//
    Travelling by boat or ship
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  1. 1a search through a large amount of information, documents, etc. A quick trawl through the newspapers yielded five suitable job adverts.
  2. 2(also trawl net) a large net with a wide opening, that is dragged along the bottom of the sea by a boat in order to catch fish See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a verb): probably from Middle Dutch traghelen ‘to drag’ (related to traghel ‘dragnet’), perhaps from Latin tragula ‘dragnet’.
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