[purs-seyn] /ˈpɜrsˌseɪn/

verb (used without object), purse-seined, purse-seining.
to fish using a purse seine.
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.
a technique of fishing that utilizes a purse seine to capture large schools of fish, especially tuna.
a large net towed, usually by two boats, that encloses a school of fish and is then closed at the bottom by means of a line resembling the string formerly used to draw shut the neck of a money pouch or purse

1870; see purse (n.) + seine.


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