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

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noun also purse net
Etymology: purse seine from purse (I) + seine; purse net from Middle English pursnette, from purs purse + nette net
: 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, ranging typically from 250 to 400 yards in length and from 18 to 20 yards in depth, having the upper edge supported by floats and the lower edge weighted by brass rings through which the purse line passes, and being closed below when the ends of the net have been brought together by the dropping of a heavy lead weight that is attached over pulleys to the ends of the purse line and that by its descent puckers together the bottom of the net

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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 purse seine to capture large schools of fish, esp. tuna.
[1865-70, Amer.]

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purse seine,
a fishing net or seine which is pulled around a school of fish until the ends are brought together, the bottom then being drawn in under the fish to close as a bag.

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n. [usu. as adj.] a seine that can be drawn into the shape of a bag using the line along the bottom of the net like the drawstring of a purse
Derivatives:
purse seiner n.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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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 — 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 — 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 noun • purse seining noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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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