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TRAM'MEL, noun

1. A kind of long net for catching birds or fishes.

The trammel differs not much from the shape of the bunt.

2. A kind of shackles used for regulating the motions of a horse, and making him amble.

3. An iron hook, of various forms and sizes, used for hanging kettles and other vessels over the fire.

4. Trammels, in mechanics, a joiner's instrument for drawing ovals upon boards. One part consists of a cross with two grooves at right angles; the other is a beam carrying two pins which slide in those grooves, and also the describing pencil.

TRAM'MEL, verb transitive

1. To catch; to intercept.

2. To confine; to hamper; to shackle.