Definition of Trammel

1. Noun. A fishing net with three layers; the outer two are coarse mesh and the loose inner layer is fine mesh.

Exact synonyms: Trammel Net
Generic synonyms: Fishing Net, Fishnet

2. Verb. Catch in or as if in a trap. "They trammel the animals"; "The men trap foxes"
Exact synonyms: Ensnare, Entrap, Snare, Trap
Category relationships: Hunt, Hunting
Generic synonyms: Capture, Catch
Specialized synonyms: Gin
Derivative terms: Snare, Snarer, Trap, Trapper

3. Noun. An adjustable pothook set in a fireplace.
Generic synonyms: Pothook

4. Verb. Place limits on (extent or access). "Limit the time you can spend with your friends"

5. Noun. A restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble.
Generic synonyms: Constraint, Restraint

6. Noun. A restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner).
Exact synonyms: Bond, Hamper, Shackle
Specialized synonyms: Ball And Chain, Fetter, Hobble, Cuff, Handcuff, Handlock, Manacle, Chains, Irons
Generic synonyms: Constraint, Restraint
Derivative terms: Hamper, Hamper, Shackle

Definition of Trammel

1. n. A kind of net for catching birds, fishes, or other prey.

2. v. t. To entangle, as in a net; to catch.

Definition of Trammel

1. Noun. Something that impedes activity, freedom, or progress. ¹

2. Noun. A fishing net that has large mesh at the edges and smaller mesh in the middle ¹

3. Noun. A set of rings or other hanging devices, attached to a transverse bar suspended over a fire, used to hang cooking pots etc. ¹

4. Verb. To entangle, as in a net. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To hamper. ¹

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Definition of Trammel

1. to hinder [v -MELED, -MELING, -MELS or -MELLED, -MELLING, -MELS] - See also: hinder

Medical Definition of Trammel

1. 1. A kind of net for catching birds, fishes, or other prey. 2. A net for confining a woman's hair. 3. A kind of shackle used for regulating the motions of a horse and making him amble. 4. 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. 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. Origin: F. Tramail, tremail, a net, LL. Tremaculum, tremacle, a kind of net for taking fish; L. Tres three + macula a mesh. (11 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trammel

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Literary usage of Trammel

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1905)
"Judgment for plaintiff, and trammel! brings error. Affirmed. BF Harrell and GY Harrell, for plaintiff in ... trammel! pleaded that he signed the note as ..."

2. Aerodonetics: Constituting the Second Volume of a Complete Work on Aerial Flight by Frederick William Lanchester (1908)
"34 is the trammel plotted from the above data. FIG. 34. ... The Use of the trammel. — The employment of the trammel in the plotting of the curves is ..."

3. Aerodonetics: Constituting the Second Volume of a Complete Work on Aerial Flight by Frederick William Lanchester (1909)
"The Use of the trammel. — The employment of the trammel in the plotting of ... 85, in which the trammel shown in Fig. 33 is being used to set out or plot ..."

4. The Mechanical Engineering of Power Plants by Frederick Remsen Hutton (1897)
"Take a beam-compass or trammel, such as shown in Fig. 127, and put one point in a centre-punch mark made on the riin of the flywheel while the other end ..."

5. The Guide to Railway Masonry: Containing a Complete Treatise on the Oblique by Peter Nicholson, R. Cowen (1860)
"The trammel consists of two parts, of which one is fixed and the other ... X.—The axis of an ellipse being given, to describe the curve by a trammel. ..."

6. Gurley Manual of Surveying Instruments by Gurley, W. & L. E., Troy, N.Y. (1912)
"trammel POINTS No. 3780 No. 3780 3781 3782 3800 trammel Points, small, No. ... 2 1.25 trammel Points, large, No. 3 1.65 Machinists Tools, Lathe and Drill ..."

7. Mathematical Drawing and Measuring Instruments: Their Construction, Uses by William Ford Stanley (1900)
"... trammel— SEMI-ELLIPTIC trammel— ... ELLIPTIC trammel.—This is the most simple and best-known instrument for ..."

8. A Library of Steam Engineering by John Fehrenbatch (1894)
"of the crank pin in revolving will meet the point of the nail in the trammel, keeping the nail at the other end in the hole in the board B at line E, ..."

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