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treadle

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noun trea·dle \ˈtre-dəl\

Simple Definition of treadle

  • : a small, flat bar that you press with your foot to operate a machine (such as a pump or sewing machine)

Full Definition of treadle

  1. :  a swiveling or lever device pressed by the foot to drive a machine

Origin of treadle

Middle English tredel step of a stair, from Old English, from tredan


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with treadle


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treadle

verb trea·dle

Definition of treadle

trea·dledtrea·dling play \ˈtred-liŋ, ˈtre-dəl-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to operate a treadle

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to operate (as a machine) by a treadle



1891

First Known Use of treadle

1891


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