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

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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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