trammeled or trammelled; trammeling or trammelling ˈtra-mə-liŋ
: a net for catching birds or fish
especially : one having three layers with the middle one finer-meshed and slack so that fish passing through carry some of the center net through the coarser opposite net and are trapped
: an adjustable pothook for a fireplace crane
: a shackle used for making a horse amble
: an instrument for drawing ellipses
: a compass for drawing large circles that consists of a beam with two sliding parts —usually used in plural
: any of various gauges used for aligning or adjusting machine parts
Verb laws that trammel our rights as citizens years after his death, she was still trammeled by inconsolable grief for her deceased husband Noun students and parents who want to throw off the trammels of outdated school policies
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VerbThe Founders gave an independent judiciary the responsibility of preventing the other branches from trammeling fundamental liberties of citizens. —oregonlive, 23 Jan. 2020 The Patriots defense, which is on pace to break NFL records for most sacks and fewest points allowed, has trammeled and trampled opposing offenses, but the schedule keeps serving up red meat or raw quarterbacks for them to prey upon. —BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2019 Now the area is brimming with new construction, and Ms. Medvedow, 63, is leading her institution into another less-trammeled area. —New York Times, 22 June 2018 Those federal laws, along with state and local equivalents, provide broad and effective remedies for unequal pay without trammeling the hiring process. —Gerald Skoning, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2017 When applied to armed protests, that mindset takes our country to a dangerous place: The Second Amendment and state open carry laws cannot trammel the free speech rights of unarmed protesters and the necessity for law enforcement to keep the peace. —Olivia Li, Slate Magazine, 17 Oct. 2017
NounUse trammel points to mark a rounded edge (an arc with a 7-1/2-inch radius) on three 6-1/2 x 19-inch boards. —Lucy Fitzgerald, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 July 2022 Join the top and drop leaf; then use a large trammel to mark the curved edge. —Thomas Klenck, Popular Mechanics, 14 Aug. 2021 Make a trammel, or beam compass, that pivots on a 3⁄8-in. —Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 7 Aug. 2021 Build the trammel out of 1⁄2-in.-thick plywood, mount the router on one end and install a straight bit. —Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 7 Aug. 2021 Step 2: Measure and Cut Cubby Dividers Use trammel points to mark a rounded edge (an arc with a 7-1/2-inch radius) on three 6-1/2 x 19-inch boards. —Lucy Wendel, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Apr. 2020 See More
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