Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Middle Dutch
Origin: tragelen, from tragel 'net pulled along behind', probably from Latin tragula; TRAIL1

trawl

1 verb
     
trawl1 [intransitive and transitive]
1 to search through a lot of documents, lists etc in order to find out information
trawl through
I'll have to trawl through all my lecture notes again.
trawl for
She spent the morning in the library, trawling for information for her project.
2TA to fish by pulling a special wide net behind a boat

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary