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trammel

[tram-uh l] /ˈtræm əl/
noun
1.
Usually, trammels. a hindrance or impediment to free action; restraint:
the trammels of custom.
2.
an instrument for drawing ellipses.
3.
Also called tram. a device used to align or adjust parts of a machine.
5.
a fowling net.
6.
a contrivance hung in a fireplace to support pots or kettles over the fire.
7.
a fetter or shackle, especially one used in training a horse to amble.
verb (used with object), trammeled, trammeling or (especially British) trammelled, trammelling.
8.
to involve or hold in trammels; restrain.
9.
to catch or entangle in or as in a net.
Origin of trammel
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English tramayle < Middle French tramail, variant of tremail three-mesh net < Late Latin trēmaculum, equivalent to Latin trē(s) three + macula mesh
Related forms
trammeler; especially British, trammeller, noun
untrammeled, adjective
untrammelled, adjective
Synonyms
1. drag, hobble, curb, inhibition. 8. hinder, impede, obstruct, encumber.
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British Dictionary definitions for untrammelled

untrammelled

/ʌnˈtræməld/
adjective
1.
not hindered or restricted in thought or action

trammel

/ˈtræməl/
noun
1.
(often pl) a hindrance to free action or movement
2.
Also called trammel net. a fishing net in three sections, the two outer nets having a large mesh and the middle one a fine mesh
3.
(rare) a fowling net
4.
(US) a fetter or shackle, esp one used in teaching a horse to amble
5.
a device for drawing ellipses consisting of a flat sheet of metal, plastic, or wood having a cruciform slot in which run two pegs attached to a beam. The free end of the beam describes an ellipse
6.
(sometimes pl) another name for beam compass
7.
Also called tram. a gauge for setting up machines correctly
8.
a device set in a fireplace to support cooking pots
verb (transitive) -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
9.
to hinder or restrain
10.
to catch or ensnare
11.
to produce an accurate setting of (a machine adjustment), as with a trammel
Derived Forms
trammeller, (US) trammeler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French tramail three-mesh net, from Late Latin trēmaculum, from Latin trēs three + macula hole, mesh in a net
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Word Origin and History for untrammelled

trammel

n.

mid-14c. (implied in trammeller) "net to catch fish," from Middle French tramail, from Old French (early 13c.), from Late Latin tremaculum, perhaps meaning "a net made from three layers of meshes," from Latin tri- "three" + macula "a mesh" (see mail (2)). Italian tramaglio, Spanish trasmallo are French loan-words.

v.

1530s, originally "to bind up (a corpse);" sense of "hinder, restrain" is from 1727, from trammel (n.). Related: Trammeled; trammeling.

trammel

v.

1530s, originally "to bind up (a corpse);" sense of "hinder, restrain" is from 1727, from trammel (n.). Related: Trammeled; trammeling.

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