purse seine
noun Date: 1862 a large seine designed to be set by two boats around a school of fish and so arranged that after the ends have been brought together the bottom can be closed • purse seiner nounpurse seining noun

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  • purse seine — purse′ seine n. 1) a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom 2) cvb the use of a seine to capture large schools of fish, esp. tuna purse′ seine , v.i. seined, sein•ing.… …   From formal English to slang

  • purse-seine — purse seiner. /perrs sayn /, v.i., purse seined, purse seining. to fish using a purse seine. * * * …   Universalium

  • purse-seine — purse seiner. /perrs sayn /, v.i., purse seined, purse seining. to fish using a purse seine …   Useful english dictionary

  • purse seine — ☆ purse seine n. a very large net, as for catching tuna, that can be closed like a drawstring purse once it has been set …   English World dictionary

  • purse seine — noun a seine designed to be set by two boats around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line • Hypernyms: ↑seine * * * noun also purse net Etymology: purse seine from purse (I) + seine; …   Useful english dictionary

  • purse seine — a seine used to encircle a school of fish in open water (contact with the bottom is avoided as the small mesh is easily damaged). It is set at speed from a large, powered vessel and the other end is anchored by …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • purse seine — noun (fishing gear): a fishing seine having a purse cable which acts as a draw string for the bottom of the net allowing entire schools of fish to be enclosed and brought up. See [ …   Wiktionary

  • purse seine — 1. a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line passing through rings attached along the lower edge of the net. 2. a technique of fishing that utilizes a… …   Universalium

  • purse seine — [seɪn] noun a seine net which may be drawn into the shape of a bag, used for catching shoal fish. Derivatives purse seiner noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • purse seine — A fishing method capable of harvesting large quantities of surface schooling pelagic fish by surrounding the school with a net. A line which passes through rings on the bottom of the net can be tightened to close the net so that the fish are… …   Fisheries — dictionary

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