Definitions for: Trammel


[n] a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
[n] a restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble
[n] an adjustable pothook set in a fireplace
[n] a fishing net with three layers; the outer two are coarse mesh and the loose inner layer is fine mesh
[v] place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
[v] catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes"



Webster (1913) Definition: Tram"mel, n. [F. tramail, tr['e]mail, a net, LL.
tremaculum, tremacle, a kind of net for taking fish; L. tres
three + macula a mesh. See Three, and Mail armor.]
1. A kind of net for catching birds, fishes, or other prey.
--Carew.

2. A net for confining a woman's hair. --Spenser.

3. A kind of shackle used for regulating the motions of a
horse and making him amble.

4. Fig.: Whatever impedes activity, progress, or freedom, as
a net or shackle.

[They] disdain the trammels of any sordid contract.
--Jeffrey.

5. An iron hook of various forms and sizes, used for handing
kettles and other vessels over the fire.

6. (Mech.)
(a) 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.
(b) A beam compass. See under Beam.


Tram"mel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trammeledor
Trammelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Trammeling, or
Trammelling.]
1. To entangle, as in a net; to catch. [R.] --Shak.

2. To confine; to hamper; to shackle.

Synonyms: bond, bound, confine, ensnare, entrap, hamper, limit, restrain, restrict, shackle, snare, throttle, trammel net, trammels, trap

See Also: baffle, ball and chain, capture, catch, chain, chains, check, clamp down, constrain, constraint, contain, control, crack down, cramp, cuff, cuffs, cumber, curb, draw a line, draw the line, encumber, fetter, fishing net, fishnet, gate, gin, halter, hamper, handcuff, handcuffs, handlock, harness, hobble, hold, hold in, inhibit, iron, irons, manacle, mark off, mark out, moderate, pothook, reduce, regulate, rein, restraint, rule, stiffen, strangle, tie, tighten, tighten up

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