Definition of trammel:
- A beam compass. See under Beam.
- A kind of net for catching birds, fishes, or other prey.
- A kind of shackle used for regulating the motions of a horse and making him amble.
- A net for confining a woman's hair.
- 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.
- An iron hook of various forms and sizes, used for handing kettles and other vessels over the fire.
- Fig.: Whatever impedes activity, progress, or freedom, as a net or shackle.
- To confine; to hamper; to shackle.
- To entangle, as in a net; to catch.
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It is not uncommon to plane the surfaces as true as may be, and put the frames together, bolting them up tight, and then applying the straight- edge trammel and rule to test the truth, correcting any error that may be found by inserting pieces of paper, sheet tin or material of requisite thickness on one side of the surfaces, so as to offset the error in their fit and bring the framing true; but this is not the proper way, because it reduces the area of contact, and furthermore renders a new testing and adjustment necessary whenever the frames are taken apart.- "Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II", Joshua Rose.
If she is freed from family cares, if she is authorized to live for her own gratification and for her beauty; if the opinion that imposes upon her, on pain of infamy, habits pure and honest, weakens; if, instead of infamy, dissoluteness brings her glory, riches, homage, what trammel can still restrain in her the selfish instincts latent in every human being?- "The Women of the Caesars", Guglielmo Ferrero.
- "History of the Constitutions of Iowa", Benjamin F. Shambaugh.