Main definitions of seine in US English:

: seine1Seine2


(also seine net)


  • A fishing net which hangs vertically in the water with floats at the top and weights at the bottom edge, the ends being drawn together to encircle the fish.

    • ‘In the net lofts along the ship canal they tar their seine twine with paraffin to protect against salt water.’
    • ‘Throughout the year, coastal fisheries staff wade into the shallow water along bay shorelines and drag fine-webbed seines.’
    • ‘I had always associated this fishery with a bay in Canada, in British Columbia, that is closed off with a curtain of seine netting after the spawny herring have entered it.’
    • ‘The two-day festival focused on the seine boat, which is the traditional fishing craft of the Iveragh Peninsula.’
    • ‘The fishermen use a seine net in this fishery to encircle the tuna like a fence.’
    • ‘Spears were the first fishing tools used, until the invention of nets, tubs and salmon seines.’
    • ‘In the Kodiak harbor, the salmon seine fleet was loading supplies and heading out for an opening the next day, and schools of inch-long smolt darkened the water.’
    • ‘They consider large gill nets and lampara seines to be ‘predatory’ techniques because fish have little chance to escape and because they take both juveniles and adults.’
    • ‘Success depended on dragging the seine close to the bottom and banks and closing it before fish escaped.’
    • ‘A community social event which takes place every morning is the putting out of the large beach seine net and pulling it back in to catch any fish in the bay.’
    • ‘A second seine netter has begun fishing from Kilkeel.’
    • ‘Cajun fishermen invented or modified numerous devices: nets and seines, crab traps, shrimp boxes, bait boxes, trotlines, and frog grabs.’
    • ‘Soon fish moved only after dark, forcing fishermen to set their seines at night.’
    • ‘The estimates of migrating salmon invited exaggeration and fantastic stories, but the exceptional harvests by commercial fishers using seines, traps, and fish wheels seemed to justify the tales.’
    • ‘All the instructions were given in Irish in those days and when the spyer saw the fish he'd tell the captain and the seine net would be paid out.’
    • ‘The WDCS reports that Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are usually captured using speedboats and a seine net.’


[with object]
  • 1Fish (an area) with a seine.

    ‘the fishermen then seine the weir’
    1. 1.1 Catch (fish) with a seine.
      ‘they seine whitefish and salmon’
      • ‘James continued to seine fish with his new boat.’
      • ‘Brother Mickey Moore MFV ‘Sharlisa’ is continuing to seine fish.’


Old English segne, of West Germanic origin, via Latin from Greek sagēnē; reinforced in Middle English by Old French saine.




Main definitions of seine in US English:

: seine1Seine2


proper noun

  • A river in northern France. Rising north of Dijon, it flows northwest for 473 miles (761 km) through the cities of Troyes and Paris to the English Channel near Le Havre.