Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large fishing net made to hang vertically in the water by weights at the lower edge and floats at the top.
  • intransitive v. To fish with such a net.
  • transitive v. To fish for or catch with such a net.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long net having floats attached at the top and sinkers (weights) at the bottom, used in shallow water for catching fish.
  • v. To use a seine, to fish with a seine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large net, one edge of which is provided with sinkers, and the other with floats. It hangs vertically in the water, and when its ends are brought together or drawn ashore incloses the fish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of net used in taking fish; one of the class of encircling nets, consisting of a webbing of network provided with corks or floats at the upper edge, and with leads of greater or less weight at the lower, and used to inclose a certain area of water, and by bringing the ends together, either in a boat or on the shore, to secure the fish that may be inclosed.
  • To catch with a seine: as, fish may be seined.
  • A Middle English form of sain and of sign.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large fishnet that hangs vertically, with floats at the top and weights at the bottom
  • n. a French river that flows through the heart of Paris and then northward into the English Channel
  • v. fish with a seine; catch fish with a seine

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English segne, from Germanic *sagina, from Latin sagēna, from Greek sagēnē.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English seġne, from West Proto-Germanic *sagīna, from Latin sagēna, from Ancient Greek σαγήνη ("dragnet"), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then the rowers in the lurkers, as we call our seine-boats, surround the shoal with a tuck - net, or drag the seine into Mullion Cove, all alive with a mass of shimmering silver.

    Michael's Crag

  • The grown folks had come up now, and all agreed the seine was a very pretty one.

    The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore

  • To shoot the gear and purse the seine is a matter of minutes.

    Poor Man's Rock

  • The seine is the form of apparatus that takes the largest amount of fish and yields the greatest money returns.

    North Carolina and its Resources.

  • Uncle Abram's boat was allowed to drift with the current as its three occupants watched the proceedings, Will with the more interest that his uncle had a share in the seine, that is to say, he found so many score yards of which its length was composed, and consequently would take his proportion of the profits if the mackerel were caught.

    Menhardoc

  • When we shewed the natives our seine, which is such as the king's ships are generally furnished with, they laughed at it, and in triumph produced their own, which was indeed of an enormous size, and made of a kind of grass, which is very strong:

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 13

  • Kilometer nördlich der Hauptstadt stattfindet, wurde nach nur wenigen Minuten vertagt und findet am kommenden Freitag seine Fortsetzung.

    de.indymedia.org newswire

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement that more than 4,735 deaths attributable to H1N1, known as seine flu, had been reported and conti ...

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  • Der türkische Regierungschef Recep Tayyip Erdogan hatte am Freitag seine Ablehnung Rasmussens bekräftigt.

    A New Dark Age Is Dawning

  • Then, as the fish begin to pause in their progress, and gradually crowd closer and closer together, he gives the signal; the boats come up, and the "seine" net is cast, or, in the technical phrase "shot," overboard.

    Rambles Beyond Railways; or, Notes in Cornwall taken A-foot

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  • ...men spitting and blowing their faces into their hands, beginning to seine their lousy hair with steel brushes...

    - Mark Richard, Fishboy, p. 17

    June 11, 2008