A large fishing net made to hang vertically in the water by weights at the lower edge and floats at the top.
v. seined, sein·ing, seines
To fish with such a net.
To fish for or catch with such a net.
[Middle English, from Old English segne, from Germanic *sagina, from Latin sagēna, from Greek sagēnē.]
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