• (British, America) IPA: /seɪn/


seine (plural seines)

  1. A long net having floats attached at the top and sinkers (weights) at the bottom, used in shallow water for catching fish.
    • 1773, Frances Burney, Journals & Letters, Penguin 2001, p. 21:
      We all went on Monday Evening to the sea shore, to see the scene Drawn: this is a most curious Work: and all done by Women.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 169:
      They were too busy hauling at ropes, collectively drawing a large seine across the bay before them – and singing their hearts out.

seine (seines, present participle seining; past and past participle seined)

  1. (ambitransitive) To use a seine, to fish with a seine.
  • IPA: /seɪn/, /sɛn/
Proper noun
  1. A river in northern France that flows through Paris for about 772 km (480 mi) to the English Channel near Le Havre.
  2. A former department in France, the capital city of which was Paris.

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