verb (used with object), tram·meled, tram·mel·ing or (especially British) tram·melled, tram·mel·ling.
Origin of trammel
Synonyms for trammel
Related Words for trammelobstruct, cramp, clog, fetter, restrict, handcuff, curb, thwart, tether, check, manacle, shackle, restrain, tie, disrupt, hinder, frustrate, impede, hobble, hamstring
Examples from the Web for trammel
Historical Examples of trammel
What need have we of these brutal proofs which trammel our liberty?English Conferences of Ernest Renan
Reason is confined within none of the partitions which trammel it in life.The Book-lover
I shall not trammel you with any restrictions or annoy you with any advice.The Deep Lake Mystery
The libraries have not killed sincerity; they have done no more than trammel it.A Novelist on Novels
W. L. George
The most correct method of drawing an ellipse is by means of an instrument termed a trammel, which is shown in Figure 83.Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)
Word Origin for trammel
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.
1530s, originally "to bind up (a corpse);" sense of "hinder, restrain" is from 1727, from trammel (n.). Related: Trammeled; trammeling.