treadle


1trea·dle

noun \ˈtre-dəl\

: 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

:  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

2treadle

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

Definition of TREADLE

intransitive verb
:  to operate a treadle
transitive verb
:  to operate (as a machine) by a treadle

First Known Use of TREADLE

1891

Rhymes with TREADLE

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