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 for trammel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trammel \Tram"mel\, n. [F. tramail, tr['e]mail, a net, LL.
     tremaculum, tremacle, a kind of net for taking fish; L. tres
     three + macula a mesh. See Three, and Mail armor.]
     1. A kind of net for catching birds, fishes, or other prey.
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     2. A net for confining a woman's hair. --Spenser.
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     3. A kind of shackle used for regulating the motions of a
        horse and making him amble.
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     4. Fig.: Whatever impedes activity, progress, or freedom, as
        a net or shackle.
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              [They] disdain the trammels of any sordid contract.
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     5. An iron hook of various forms and sizes, used for handing
        kettles and other vessels over the fire.
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     6. (Mech.)
        (a) 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.
        (b) A beam compass. See under Beam.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trammel \Tram"mel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trammeledor
     Trammelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Trammeling, or
     1. To entangle, as in a net; to catch. [R.] --Shak.
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     2. To confine; to hamper; to shackle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ellipsograph \El*lip"so*graph\, n. [Ellipse + graph: cf. F.
     An instrument for describing ellipses; -- called also
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a fishing net with three layers; the outer two are coarse
           mesh and the loose inner layer is fine mesh [syn: trammel
           net, trammel]
      2: an adjustable pothook set in a fireplace
      3: a restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble
      4: a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially
         something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner) [syn:
         shackle, bond, hamper, trammel]
      v 1: catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes" [syn:
           trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, trammel]
      2: place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this
         parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your
         friends" [syn: restrict, restrain, trammel, limit,
         bound, confine, throttle]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  137 Moby Thesaurus words for "trammel":
     Oregon boat, anchor, arrest, bar, bearing rein, bilbo, bind, bit,
     block, bond, bonds, brake, bridle, burden, camisole, chain, chains,
     check, checkrein, checks, chock, circumscribe, clog, collar,
     confine, constipate, constrain, constraints, countercheck, cramp,
     cripple, cuffs, cumber, curb, curb bit, curbs, damper, deter,
     deterrents, doorstop, drag, drag sail, drift anchor, drift sail,
     drogue, embarrass, embrangle, enchain, encumber, enmesh, ensnarl,
     entangle, entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine, fasten, fetter, gag,
     gyve, gyves, halter, hamper, hamstring, handcuff, handcuffs,
     handicap, handicaps, hinder, hindrances, hobble, hobbles, hog-tie,
     holdback, hopple, hopples, impede, involve, irons, lame, lash,
     leading strings, leash, lime, limit, lumber, make fast, manacle,
     martingale, moor, muzzle, net, obstacles, obstruct, peg down,
     pelham, picket, pillory, pin down, pinion, press down,
     put in irons, reins, remora, restrain, restraint, restraints, rope,
     saddle with, scotch, sea anchor, secure, shackle, shackles,
     snaffle, snags, snarl, spoke, stagnate, stay, stifle, stocks, stop,
     straightjacket, strait-waistcoat, straitjacket, stranglehold,
     strap, tangle, tether, tie, tie down, tie up, toil, trammels,
     weigh down, yoke

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