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Word of the Day 07/28/15 Trammel

Trammel (noun, verb)
trammel [tram-uh l]


noun
1. Usually, trammels. a hindrance or impediment to free action; restraint: the trammels of custom.
2. an instrument for drawing ellipses.
3. Also called tram. a device used to align or adjust parts of a machine.
4. trammel net.
5. a fowling net.
6. a contrivance hung in a fireplace to support pots or kettles over the fire.
7. a fetter or shackle, especially one used in training a horse to amble.

verb (used with object), trammeled, trammeling or (especially British) trammelled, trammelling.
8. to involve or hold in trammels; restrain.
9. to catch or entangle in or as in a net.

Synonyms
1. drag, hobble, curb, inhibition.
8. hinder, impede, obstruct, encumber.

Origin: 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

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