• Beam-Compass or Trammel Points. Winged Dividers.  Outside Calipers.  Inside Calipers
    Beam-Compass or Trammel Points. Winged Dividers. Outside Calipers. Inside Calipers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v trammel place limits on (extent or access) "restrict the use of this parking lot","limit the time you can spend with your friends"
    • v trammel catch in or as if in a trap "The men trap foxes"
    • n trammel a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
    • n trammel a restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble
    • n trammel an adjustable pothook set in a fireplace
    • n trammel a fishing net with three layers; the outer two are coarse mesh and the loose inner layer is fine mesh
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trammel (Mech) A beam compass. See under Beam.
    • Trammel A kind of net for catching birds, fishes, or other prey.
    • Trammel A kind of shackle used for regulating the motions of a horse and making him amble.
    • Trammel A net for confining a woman's hair.
    • Trammel (Mech) 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.
    • Trammel An iron hook of various forms and sizes, used for handing kettles and other vessels over the fire.
    • Trammel Fig.: Whatever impedes activity, progress, or freedom, as a net or shackle. "They] disdain the trammels of any sordid contract."
    • Trammel To confine; to hamper; to shackle.
    • Trammel To entangle, as in a net; to catch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trammel A net for fishing; a trawl-net or trawl; a drag-net. See trammel-net.
    • n trammel A net for binding up or confining the hair.
    • n trammel A shackle; specifically, a kind of shackle used for regulating the motions of a horse, and making him amble.
    • n trammel Whatever hinders activity, freedom, or progress; an impediment.
    • n trammel An implement hung in a fireplace to support pots and other culinary vessels. Trammels are hung from the back-bar or from a crane; they are often so constructed in two parts that they can be lengthened and shortened.
    • n trammel An instrument for drawing ellipses, used by joiners and other artificers; an ellipsograph. One part consists of a cross with two grooves at right angles; the other is a beam-compass which carries the describing pencil, and is guided by two pins which slide in the grooves.
    • n trammel A beam-compass.
    • trammel To catch as in a net; make captive; restrain.
    • trammel To shackle; confine; hamper.
    • trammel To train slavishly; inure to conformity or obedience.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trammel tram′el a net used in fowling and fishing: shackles for making a horse amble: anything that confines
    • v.t Trammel to shackle: to confine:—pr.p. tramm′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. tramm′elled
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tramail, trémail, a net, LL. tremaculum, tremacle, a kind of net for taking fish; L. tres, three + macula, a mesh. See Three, and Mail armor


In literature:

But you never were bound by those trammels, or any other, except what you call 'duty.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
These ancestral trammels have all been shaken off, wherever the acquisition of money is concerned.
"A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education" by James Gall
What an emancipation from little petty vexatious trammels and annoyances every hour of the day.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
It is a land free from the trammels of caste.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
She came to him again, with the same lifting of her mouth as had driven him almost mad with trammelled passion at first.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
My Old Marse was Wash Trammel and he brunged me and my mama and papa from Alabama.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
His genius was not of that sort which breaks out from trammels, but of that which makes the best of what it finds.
"Spenser" by R. W. Church
Embrace the Moorish faith; cast off thy trammels, and be free!
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various
It is idly called a trammel and a difficulty.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
Sir John carried me one morning to call on Lady Denham, a dowager of fashion, who had grown old in the trammels of the world.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More

In poetry:

O! blessings on a hillside life
That trammels not the heart,
But in its gentle pleasures rife
Stands with its back to art.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
Across a naked strait of land
Blown sleet and surge were humming;
But trammelled with the shifting sand,
She heard the monster coming!
"Syrinx" by Henry Kendall
For though, like all beauty of earth,
Thou'rt trammeled by earthly decay,
Yet my soul is lifted by thine,
To glories that fade not away.
"October" by Sallie Williams Hardcastle
Tangles of the wild red strawberry
Spread their freckled trammels frail;
In the pathway creeping brambles
Catch her in their thorny trail.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Fleshly trammels no longer bind me,
Joyous, forgetting that such things be;
Time and space have been left behind me,
Brother of stars, I am soaring, free.
"Middle Harbour" by John Le Gay Brereton
She knows into a trammelled torrent,
Is changed her life’s free flowing tide;
Knows that her hand no oar is holding,
With which her drifting bark to guide.
"To Sanson (02)" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

Sam Trammell hosts at Gallery in Planet Hollywood on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
True Blood's Sam Trammell and The Good Wife's Alan Cumming (an all around fabulous guy) popped by the brand spanking new Kiehls store in Manhattan Village (Manhattan Beach) to lend some star support.
Starring Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Tobey Maguire, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington, Sam Trammell, Dennis Haysbert, Gary Schwartz, Cathy Vu, and Shanga Parker.
Retired Coweta educator Menlia Trammell has published her second book in less than a year.
Willene Cason Trammel , 93, of Monette, died Sunday, Aug 28, 2011, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.
She is survived by one son, Robert Trammel of Manila.
One daughter, Macine Trammel Hughes of Jonesboro.
Billy Joe Trammel , 71, of Batesville died Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
He was born Feb 5, 1939, the son of Clifford Trammel and Alma Marie Story Trammel .
He was born on Feb 14, 1922 in Cleveland to Monroe and Mary (Groblebe) Trammel .
Brother Don Trammel , 67, died Thursday, Feb 11, 2010, at his residence in the Pratts Community after an extended illness.
He was born Sept 1, 1942, in Monette, to Mason and Willene Cason Trammel .
Andalusia Mayor Trammell E Henderson was of Scottish ancestry .
Tyreek Trammell laughs when his younger brother, Trent, tries to jump into the picture.
APD Says Cordova Center Escapee, Eddie Trammell, Arrested.

In science:

The reluctant adoption of downforce in Formula 1 seems to be an example of the trammelling effect of convention in academic and research communities.
Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics
J. P. Hannon and G. T. Trammell, Hyperfine Interactions, 123/4, 127 (1999); J. P. Hannon, N. J.
Rhodium Mossbauer Supperadiance Induced by Liquid-Nitrogen Cooling
In addition to planetary outflows, alternative explanations of the observations have been put forth, where the inferred excess material is due to a confined exosphere (Trammell et al. 2010; hereafter TAL) or a mass transfer stream (Lai et al. 2010).
Magnetically Controlled Outflows from Hot Jupiters