Gill net
Gill Gill (g[i^]l), n. [Dan. gi[ae]lle, gelle; akin to Sw. g["a]l, Icel. gj["o]lnar gills; cf. AS. geagl, geahl, jaw.] 1. (Anat.) An organ for aquatic respiration; a branchia. [1913 Webster]

Fishes perform respiration under water by the gills. --Ray. [1913 Webster]

Note: Gills are usually lamellar or filamentous appendages, through which the blood circulates, and in which it is exposed to the action of the air contained in the water. In vertebrates they are appendages of the visceral arches on either side of the neck. In invertebrates they occupy various situations. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. (Bot.) The radiating, gill-shaped plates forming the under surface of a mushroom. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The fleshy flap that hangs below the beak of a fowl; a wattle. [1913 Webster]

4. The flesh under or about the chin. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

5. (Spinning) One of the combs of closely ranged steel pins which divide the ribbons of flax fiber or wool into fewer parallel filaments. [Prob. so called from F. aiguilles, needles. --Ure.] [1913 Webster]

{Gill arches}, {Gill bars}. (Anat.) Same as {Branchial arches}.

{Gill clefts}. (Anat.) Same as {Branchial clefts}. See under {Branchial}.

{Gill cover}, {Gill lid}. See {Operculum}.

{Gill frame}, or {Gill head} (Flax Manuf.), a spreader; a machine for subjecting flax to the action of gills. --Knight.

{Gill net}, a flat net so suspended in the water that its meshes allow the heads of fish to pass, but catch in the gills when they seek to extricate themselves.

{Gill opening}, or {Gill slit} (Anat.), an opening behind and below the head of most fishes, and some amphibians, by which the water from the gills is discharged. In most fishes there is a single opening on each side, but in the sharks and rays there are five, or more, on each side.

{Gill rakes}, or {Gill rakers} (Anat.), horny filaments, or progresses, on the inside of the branchial arches of fishes, which help to prevent solid substances from being carried into gill cavities. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gill-net — gill net, a net, suspended vertically in the water, to catch by the gills a fish that has thrust its head through. gill net «GIHL NEHT», transitive verb, intransitive verb, net|ted, net|ting. to catch fish by means of a gill net …   Useful english dictionary

  • gill net — gill′ net [[t]gɪl[/t]] n. a curtainlike net, suspended vertically in the water, with meshes of such a size as to catch by the gills a fish that has thrust its head through • Etymology: 1790–1800, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • gill net — ☆ gill net [gil ] n. a net set upright in the water to catch fish by entangling their gills in its meshes …   English World dictionary

  • gill net — noun a flat fishnet suspended vertically in the water to entangle fish by their gills • Hypernyms: ↑fishnet, ↑fishing net * * * noun Etymology: gill (III) : a flat net suspended vertically in the water with meshes that allow the head of a fish to …   Useful english dictionary

  • gill net — a net suspended in the water at varying depths by means of floats on the upper margin and weights on the lower margin. The mesh size determines the size of fishes caught, the fish being entangled around the gill region or gilled. Also called… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • gill net — noun a fishing net which is hung vertically so that fish get trapped in it by their gills. Derivatives gill netter noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • gill net — A fish net so constructed that the fish is caught by its gills when it attempts to escape from the meshes of the net. Such nets are regulated as to their use in some jurisdictions and forbidden in others. State v Lewis, 134 Ind 250, 33 NE 1024;… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • gill net — noun Date: 1796 a flat net suspended vertically in the water with meshes that allow the head of a fish to pass but entangle the gills upon withdrawal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gill net — /gil/ a curtainlike net, suspended vertically in the water, with meshes of such a size as to catch by the gills a fish that has thrust its head through. [1790 1800, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • gill net — n. fishing net suspended upright in the water with meshes that enable to catch fish by their gills …   English contemporary dictionary

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