- also trammel net
- a fishing net consisting of two outer layers of coarse mesh and a loosely hung middle layer of fine mesh
- a fowling net
- a kind of shackle for a horse, esp. one to teach ambling
- something that confines, restrains, or shackles: usually used in pl.
- a device with links or openings at different heights for hanging a pothook in a fireplace
- an instrument for drawing ellipses
- any of several devices for adjusting or aligning parts of a machine
Origin of trammelMiddle English tramaile from Middle French tramail, a net from Medieval Latin tremaculum, kind of fishing net from Classical Latin tres, three + macula, a mesh
transitive verb-·meled or -·melled, -·mel·ing or -·mel·ling
- to entangle in or as in a trammel
- to confine, restrain, or shackle
- A shackle used to teach a horse to amble.
- Something that restricts activity, expression, or progress; a restraint.
- A vertically set fishing net of three layers, consisting of a finely meshed net between two nets of coarse mesh.
- An instrument for drawing ellipses.
- An instrument for gauging and adjusting parts of a machine; a tram.
- An arrangement of links and a hook in a fireplace for raising and lowering a kettle.
transitive verbtram·meled, tram·mel·ing, tram·mels, or tram·melled tram·mel·ling
- To enmesh in a fishing net.
- To hinder the activity or free movement of.
Origin of trammelMiddle English tramale a kind of net from Old French tramail from Late Latin trēmaculum Latin trēs three ; see trei- in Indo-European roots.Latin macula mesh
- Whatever impedes activity, progress, or freedom, as a net or shackle.
- A fishing net that has large mesh at the edges and smaller mesh in the middle
- A kind of net for catching birds, fishes, or other prey.
- A set of rings or other hanging devices, attached to a transverse bar suspended over a fire, used to hang cooking pots etc.
- A net for confining a woman's hair.
- A kind of shackle used for regulating the motions of a horse and making him amble.
- (engineering) An instrument for drawing ellipses, one part of which consists of a cross with two grooves at right angles to each other, the other being a beam carrying two pins (which slide in those grooves), and also the describing pencil.
- A beam compass
(third-person singular simple present trammels, present participle trammelling, simple past and past participle trammelled) (UK) trammel (third-person singular simple present trammels, present participle trammeling, simple past and past participle trammeled) (US)
From French tramail (“net for catching fishes"), from Late Latin tremaculum.