Trammel meaning

trăməl
(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.
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Something that restricts activity, expression, or progress; a restraint.
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An arrangement of links and a hook in a fireplace for raising and lowering a kettle.
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A shackle used to teach a horse to amble.
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A vertically set fishing net of three layers, consisting of a finely meshed net between two nets of coarse mesh.
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An instrument for drawing ellipses.
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An instrument for gauging and adjusting parts of a machine; a tram.
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To enmesh in a fishing net.
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To hinder the activity or free movement of.
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A kind of shackle for a horse, esp. one to teach ambling.
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Something that confines, restrains, or shackles.
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A device with links or openings at different heights for hanging a pothook in a fireplace.
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An instrument for drawing ellipses.
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Any of several devices for adjusting or aligning parts of a machine.
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To entangle in or as in a trammel.
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To confine, restrain, or shackle.
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Whatever impedes activity, progress, or freedom, as a net or shackle.
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A fishing net that has large mesh at the edges and smaller mesh in the middle.
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A kind of net for catching birds, fishes, or other prey.

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A set of rings or other hanging devices, attached to a transverse bar suspended over a fire, used to hang cooking pots etc.
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A net for confining a woman's hair.
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A kind of shackle used for regulating the motions of a horse and making him amble.
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A beam compass.
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To entangle, as in a net.
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To confine; to hamper; to shackle.
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Origin of trammel

  • Middle English tramale a kind of net from Old French tramail from Late Latin trēmaculum Latin trēs three trei- in Indo-European roots Latin macula mesh

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French tramail (“net for catching fishes"), from Late Latin tremaculum.

    From Wiktionary