- 1 (usually trammels) • literary A restriction or impediment to someone’s freedom of action: we will forge our own future, free from the trammels of materialismMore example sentences
- The most notable characteristic of Archimedes' mathematical work is its freedom from the trammels of traditional Greek mathematics.
- It was the culmination of the sustained effort of many small entrepreneurs who had carved out a unique niche for offering hospitality without the trammels of the organised industry.
- Wannabe ‘Americans’ had come to the New World to escape the trammels of established churches and feudalism which disfigured early modern Europe.
- 2 (also trammel net) A set-net consisting of three layers of netting, designed so that a fish entering through one of the large-meshed outer sections will push part of the finer-meshed central section through the large meshes on the further side, forming a pocket in which the fish is trapped.More example sentences
- Researchers lifted a trammel net full of large Asian carp from Swan Lake, a backwater lake of the Illinois River, in 2001.
- With the aid of electrofishing gear and trammel nets, biologists collect sexually mature fish and haul them to Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery, Arizona, where they are spawned.
- The well-equipped vessel was lost with a full suite of gear, including VHF, echo sounder, plotter, autopilot, gill and trammel nets and a complete toolset.
- 3An instrument consisting of a board with two grooves intersecting at right angles, in which the two ends of a beam compass can slide to draw an ellipse.[ early 18th century: so named because the motion of the beam is 'restricted' by the grooves]More example sentences
- There are miter clamps, levels, plumb bobs, oil cans, planes, trammels, and so on.
- As expected, Stanley tools were prominent but there was also a good selection of English tools as well as a nice assortment of planes, rules, trammels, saws, and levels by various makers.
- Accessories for rules are presented in another chapter that describes attachments used with rules such as fences, protractors, gauges, trammels, and carrying cases.
verb (trammels, trammeling, trammeled ; British trammels, trammelling, trammelled)[with object] Back to top
- Deprive of freedom of action: those less trammeled by convention than himselfMore example sentences
- No Scottish Labour leader would dream of letting himself be trammelled by the kind of political constraints that hobbled Louis XIV.
- The lack of evidence also trammelled the inquiry into the most serious allegations, those involving collusion between the British authorities and loyalist paramilitaries.
- I think this is another paradigm of countries in transition, the bad roads left behind after being trammelled by the carts of history.
late Middle English (sense 2 of the noun): from Old French tramail, from a medieval Latin variant of trimaculum, perhaps from Latin tri- 'three' + macula 'mesh'.