trammel


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to trammel: trammel net

tram·mel

 (trăm′əl)
n.
1. A shackle used to teach a horse to amble.
2. Something that restricts activity, expression, or progress; a restraint.
3. A vertically set fishing net of three layers, consisting of a finely meshed net between two nets of coarse mesh.
4. An instrument for drawing ellipses.
5. An instrument for gauging and adjusting parts of a machine; a tram.
6. An arrangement of links and a hook in a fireplace for raising and lowering a kettle.
tr.v. tram·meled, tram·mel·ing, tram·mels or tram·melled or tram·mel·ling
1. To enmesh in a fishing net.
2. To hinder the activity or free movement of.

[Middle English tramale, a kind of net, from Old French tramail, from Late Latin trēmaculum : Latin trēs, three; see trei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Latin macula, mesh.]

tram′mel·er n.

trammel

(ˈtræməl)
n
1. (often plural) a hindrance to free action or movement
2. (Fishing) 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. (Hunting) rare a fowling net
4. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) US a fetter or shackle, esp one used in teaching a horse to amble
5. (Tools) 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. (Tools) (sometimes plural) another name for beam compass
7. (Mechanical Engineering) Also called: tram a gauge for setting up machines correctly
8. (Cookery) a device set in a fireplace to support cooking pots
vb (tr) , -els, -elling or -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
9. to hinder or restrain
10. (Hunting) to catch or ensnare
11. (Mechanical Engineering) to produce an accurate setting of (a machine adjustment), as with a trammel
[C14: from Old French tramail three-mesh net, from Late Latin trēmaculum, from Latin trēs three + macula hole, mesh in a net]
ˈtrammeller, ˈtrammeler n

tram•mel

(ˈtræm əl)

n., v. -meled, -mel•ing (esp. Brit.) -melled, -mel•ling. n.
1. Usu., trammels. a hindrance or impediment to free action; restraint.
2. an instrument for drawing ellipses.
3. a device used to align or adjust parts of a machine.
4. a net for catching birds or fish, esp. a three-layered net in which fish are trapped in two or more layers of mesh.
5. a contrivance hung in a fireplace to support pots or kettles.
6. a fetter or shackle, esp. one used in training a horse to amble.
v.t.
7. to restrain in trammels.
8. to catch or entangle in or as if in a net.
[1325–75; Middle English tramayle < Middle French tramail, variant of tremail three-mesh net < Late Latin trēmaculum= Latin trē(s) three + macula mesh]
tram′mel•er; esp. Brit., tram′mel•ler, n.

trammel


Past participle: trammelled
Gerund: trammelling

Imperative
trammel
trammel
Present
I trammel
you trammel
he/she/it trammels
we trammel
you trammel
they trammel
Preterite
I trammelled
you trammelled
he/she/it trammelled
we trammelled
you trammelled
they trammelled
Present Continuous
I am trammelling
you are trammelling
he/she/it is trammelling
we are trammelling
you are trammelling
they are trammelling
Present Perfect
I have trammelled
you have trammelled
he/she/it has trammelled
we have trammelled
you have trammelled
they have trammelled
Past Continuous
I was trammelling
you were trammelling
he/she/it was trammelling
we were trammelling
you were trammelling
they were trammelling
Past Perfect
I had trammelled
you had trammelled
he/she/it had trammelled
we had trammelled
you had trammelled
they had trammelled
Future
I will trammel
you will trammel
he/she/it will trammel
we will trammel
you will trammel
they will trammel
Future Perfect
I will have trammelled
you will have trammelled
he/she/it will have trammelled
we will have trammelled
you will have trammelled
they will have trammelled
Future Continuous
I will be trammelling
you will be trammelling
he/she/it will be trammelling
we will be trammelling
you will be trammelling
they will be trammelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been trammelling
you have been trammelling
he/she/it has been trammelling
we have been trammelling
you have been trammelling
they have been trammelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been trammelling
you will have been trammelling
he/she/it will have been trammelling
we will have been trammelling
you will have been trammelling
they will have been trammelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been trammelling
you had been trammelling
he/she/it had been trammelling
we had been trammelling
you had been trammelling
they had been trammelling
Conditional
I would trammel
you would trammel
he/she/it would trammel
we would trammel
you would trammel
they would trammel
Past Conditional
I would have trammelled
you would have trammelled
he/she/it would have trammelled
we would have trammelled
you would have trammelled
they would have trammelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trammel - a fishing net with three layerstrammel - a fishing net with three layers; the outer two are coarse mesh and the loose inner layer is fine mesh
fishing net, fishnet - a net that will enclose fish when it is pulled in
2.trammel - an adjustable pothook set in a fireplacetrammel - an adjustable pothook set in a fireplace
pothook - an S-shaped hook to suspend a pot over a fire
3.trammel - a restraint that is used to teach a horse to ambletrammel - a restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble
constraint, restraint - a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"
4.trammel - a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)trammel - a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
ball and chain - heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain
fetter, hobble - a shackle for the ankles or feet
handcuff, handlock, manacle, cuff - shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs
chains, irons - metal shackles; for hands or legs
constraint, restraint - a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"
Verb1.trammel - catch in or as if in a traptrammel - catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes"
hunting, hunt - the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport
capture, catch - capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"
gin - trap with a snare; "gin game"
2.trammel - place limits on (extent or access)trammel - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
tighten, reduce - narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners"
tie - limit or restrict to; "I am tied to UNIX"; "These big jets are tied to large airports"
gate - restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
draw a line, draw the line - reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on); "I draw the line when it comes to lending money to friends!"
mark off, mark out - set boundaries to and delimit; "mark out the territory"
harness, rein, rule - keep in check; "rule one's temper"
baffle, regulate - check the emission of (sound)
hamper, cramp, halter, strangle - prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
tighten up, constrain, stiffen, tighten - restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"
clamp down, crack down - repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable); "The police clamped down on illegal drugs"
inhibit - limit the range or extent of; "Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs"
curb, hold in, control, moderate, contain, check, hold - lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"

trammel

nounverb
1. To gain control of or an advantage over by or as if by trapping:
2. To restrict the activity or free movement of:
Informal: hog-tie.
Translations

trammel

[ˈtræməl]
A. VTponer trabas a
B. NPL trammelstrabas fpl

trammel

vteinengen; to feel trammelled by somethingsich durch etw behindert or eingeengt fühlen
n trammels
plFesseln pl

trammel

[ˈtræməl] vt (frm, liter) → intralciare
References in classic literature ?
A horror of the vile disguise that concealed her; a yearning to burst its trammels and hide her shameful painted face on Norah's bosom, took possession of her, body and soul.
The commerce of the German empire[2] is in continual trammels from the multiplicity of the duties which the several princes and states exact upon the merchandises passing through their territories, by means of which the fine streams and navigable rivers with which Germany is so happily watered are rendered almost useless.
A little to his right rose the noisy activity of his troop of sun-tanned veterans, released for the time from the irksome trammels of discipline, relaxing tired muscles, laughing, joking, and smoking as they, too, prepared to eat after a twelve-hour fast.
Our chairs, being his patents, embraced and caressed us rather than submitted to be sat upon, and there was that luxurious after-dinner atmosphere when thought roams gracefully free of the trammels of precision.
Around the table reigned that noisy hilarity which usually prevails at such a time among people sufficiently free from the demands of social position not to feel the trammels of etiquette.
The want shall never be felt because, free of the trammels of the tide, easy of access, magnificent and desolate, they are already there, prepared to take and keep the biggest ships that float upon the sea.
I love it; I revel in shaking off the trammels of respectability, as you know.
They are a little exuberant at having broken the trammels of custom.
He felt with such delight the bonds which connected his immortal being with his perishable frame gradually loosening, that it seemed to him as if his spirit, freed from the trammels of the body, were hovering above it, like the expiring flame which rises from the half-extinguished embers.
I cast the miserable trammels of worldly discretion to the winds, and spoke with the fervour that filled me, in the words that came first.
Alexander Ossipon, anarchist, nicknamed the Doctor, author of a medical (and improper) pamphlet, late lecturer on the social aspects of hygiene to working men's clubs, was free from the trammels of conventional morality - but he submitted to the rule of science.
My father is old," said Mahtoree, looking at his aged companion, with an expression of irony, that sufficiently denoted he was one of those who overstep the trammels of education, and who are perhaps a little given to abuse the mental liberty they thus obtain.