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trammel

1. a fishing net in three sections, the two outer nets having a large mesh and the middle one a fine mesh
2. Rare a fowling net
3. US a fetter or shackle, esp one used in teaching a horse to amble
4. a device for drawing ellipses consisting of a flat sheet of metal, plastic, or wood having a cruciform slot in which run two pegs attached to a beam. The free end of the beam describes an ellipse
5. another name for beam compass
6. a gauge for setting up machines correctly

trammel

[′tram·əl]
(engineering)
A device consisting of a bar, each of whose ends is constrained to move along one of two perpendicular lines; used in drawing ellipses and in the Rowland mounting.

trammel

1. In a fireplace, an adjustable hook for suspending a cooking pot from a pivoted wrought-iron horizontal bar attached to one of the fireplace walls.
2. An instrument for drawing ellipses.
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The Trammels decided to retire in Florence after relatives who lived there became sick and needed their help.
But buyers now are "extremely picky" and especially tight with their cash, said Dennis Pease, agent with Remax Integrity in Eugene (who doesn't represent the Trammels).
That's not the case with the Trammels. They bought their house 24 years ago.
So the Trammels dropped the price to $329,000, down from their initial asking price of $349,000.
These are the twists and turns that home sellers such as Tom and Debra Trammel are facing with Lane County's sluggish residential real estate market.