trammel

[tram-uhl]

noun

verb (used with object), tram·meled, tram·mel·ing or (especially British) tram·melled, tram·mel·ling.

to involve or hold in trammels; restrain.
to catch or entangle in or as in a net.

Nearby words

  1. tram,
  2. tram flap,
  3. trama,
  4. tramadol,
  5. tramline,
  6. trammel net,
  7. trammie,
  8. tramontana,
  9. tramontane,
  10. tramp

Origin of trammel

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 formstram·mel·er; especially British, tram·mel·ler, nounun·tram·meled, adjectiveun·tram·melled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for untrammeled

trammel

noun

(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

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)

to hinder or restrain
to catch or ensnare
to produce an accurate setting of (a machine adjustment), as with a trammel
Derived Formstrammeller or US trammeler, noun

Word Origin for trammel

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 untrammeled
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