Usually trammels . a hindrance or impediment to free action; restraint: the trammels of custom.
an instrument for drawing ellipses.
to involve or hold in trammels; restrain.
to catch or entangle in or as in a net.
- tram·mel·er; especially British, tram·mel·ler, noun
- un·tram·meled; especially British, un·tram·melled, adjective
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How to use trammel in a sentence
Neither is he trammeled by any nice distinctions as to what may or may not be considered game.In New England Fields and Woods | Rowland E. Robinson
She's monopolized, as usual; trammeled by a rash engagement to some poor man who is never likely to get money enough to marry her.The Queen of Hearts | Wilkie Collins
Her language is eloquent even though trammeled by the necessity of having an interpreter.
He was of a metaphysical turn of mind, and in the pursuit of truth was in no way trammeled by popular superstitions.Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897 | Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The kings authority in his own dominions would no longer be trammeled by the claims of a foreign authority to over-ride it.Ten Tudor Statesmen | Arthur D. Innes
British Dictionary definitions for trammel
(often plural) a hindrance to free action or movement
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
rare a fowling net
US a fetter or shackle, esp one used in teaching a horse to amble
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
(sometimes plural) another name for beam compass
Also called: tram a gauge for setting up machines correctly
a device set in a fireplace to support cooking pots
to hinder or restrain
to catch or ensnare
to produce an accurate setting of (a machine adjustment), as with a trammel
- trammeller or US trammeler, noun
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