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treadle

noun trea·dle \ ˈtre-dᵊl \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of treadle

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

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Origin and Etymology of treadle

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


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treadle

verb

Definition of treadle

treadled; treadling play \ˈtred-liŋ, ˈtre-dᵊl-iŋ\
: to operate a treadle
: to operate (a machine) by a treadle

First Known Use of treadle

1891

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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TREADLE Defined for English Language Learners

treadle

Definition of treadle for English Language Learners

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


TREADLE Defined for Kids

treadle

noun trea·dle \ ˈtre-dᵊl \

Definition of treadle for Students

: a device worked by the foot to drive a machine


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