treadmill

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noun tread·mill \ˈtred-ˌmil\

Definition of treadmill

  1. 1a :  a mill worked by persons treading on steps on the periphery of a wide wheel having a horizontal axis and used formerly in prison punishmentb :  a mill worked by an animal treading an endless beltc :  a device having an endless belt on which an individual walks or runs in place for exercise or physiological testing

  2. 2 :  a wearisome or monotonous routine resembling continued activity on a treadmill <the office treadmill>

Examples of treadmill in a sentence

  1. the treadmill of exhausting family schedules

  2. <the treadmill of the morning commute to work>

1822

First Known Use of treadmill

1822


TREADMILL Defined for English Language Learners

treadmill

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noun tread·mill \ˈtred-ˌmil\

Definition of treadmill for English Language Learners

  • : an exercise machine which has a large belt that moves around while a person walks or runs on it

  • : a boring or tiring activity, job, etc., in which you repeatedly do the same things


TREADMILL Defined for Kids

treadmill

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noun tread·mill \ˈtred-ˌmil\

Definition of treadmill for Students

  1. 1 :  a device having an endless belt on which an individual walks or runs in place for exercise

  2. 2 :  a tiresome routine


Medical Dictionary

treadmill

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noun tread·mill \ˈtred-ˌmil\

Medical Definition of treadmill

  1. :  a device having an endless belt on which an individual walks or runs in place that is used for exercise and in tests of physiological functions—see stress test



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