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trammel (n.)

mid-14c., "net to catch fish" (implied in trammeller "one who fishes with a trammel net"), from Old French tramail "fine-gauged fishnet" (13c.), from Late Latin tremaculum, perhaps meaning "a net made from three layers of meshes," from Latin tri- "three" (see tri-) + macula "a mesh" (see mail (n.2)). Meaning "anything that hinders" is from 1650s, originally "a hobble for a horse" (c. 1500). Italian tramaglio, Spanish trasmallo are French loan-words.

trammel (v.)

1530s, originally "to bind up (a corpse);" sense of "hinder, restrain" is from 1727, from trammel (n.), a figurative use from the literal sense "bind (a horse's legs) with a trammel" (c. 1600). Related: Trammeled; trammeling.

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Definitions of trammel from WordNet
1
trammel (n.)
a fishing net with three layers; the outer two are coarse mesh and the loose inner layer is fine mesh;
Synonyms: trammel net
trammel (n.)
an adjustable pothook set in a fireplace;
trammel (n.)
a restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble;
trammel (n.)
a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner);
Synonyms: shackle / bond / hamper
2
trammel (v.)
catch in or as if in a trap;
Synonyms: trap / entrap / snare / ensnare
trammel (v.)
place limits on (extent or amount or access);
Synonyms: restrict / limit / bound / confine / throttle
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