Definitions for dragnetˈdrægˌnɛt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a net to be drawn along the bottom of a stream to catch fish, or along the ground for small game.
an interlinked system for finding or catching someone.
Origin of dragnet:
a system of coordinated measures for apprehending (criminals or other individuals)
"caught in the police dragnet"
trawl, dragnet, trawl net(noun)
a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths
A net dragged across the bottom of a body of water.
Heightened efforts by law-enforcement personnel to capture suspects.
Origin: drag + net
a net to be drawn along the bottom of a body of water, as in fishing