Trammel Definition

trăməl
trammeled, trammeling, trammelled, trammelling, trammels
noun
trammels
Something that restricts activity, expression, or progress; a restraint.
American Heritage
A fishing net consisting of two outer layers of coarse mesh and a loosely hung middle layer of fine mesh.
Webster's New World
A fowling net.
Webster's New World
A kind of shackle for a horse, esp. one to teach ambling.
Webster's New World
Something that confines, restrains, or shackles.
Webster's New World
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verb
trammeled, trammeling, trammelled, trammelling, trammels
To enmesh in a fishing net.
American Heritage
To entangle in or as in a trammel.
Webster's New World
To hinder the activity or free movement of.
American Heritage
To confine, restrain, or shackle.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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Other Word Forms of Trammel

Noun

Singular:
trammel
Plural:
trammels

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

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