• IPA: /ˈtræməl/

trammel (plural trammels)

  1. Whatever impedes activity, progress, or freedom, such as a net or shackle.
    • [They] disdain the trammels of any sordid contract.
  2. A fishing net that has large mesh at the edges and smaller mesh in the middle
  3. A kind of net for catching birds, fishes, or other prey.
  4. A set of rings or other hanging devices, attached to a transverse bar suspended over a fire, used to hang cooking pots etc.
  5. A net for confining a woman's hair.
  6. A kind of shackle used for regulating the motions of a horse and making it amble.
  7. (engineering) 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.
  8. A beam compass.
  • Italian: rete
  • Russian: поме́ха
  • Spanish: traba
Translations Verb

trammel (trammels, present participle trammelling; past and past participle trammelled)

  1. To entangle, as in a net.
    • 1880, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, lines 9-10:
      the scarce-snatched hours
      Which deepening pain left to his lordliest powers: —
      Heaven lost through spider-trammelled prison-bars.
  2. (transitive) To confine; to hamper; to shackle.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname

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