Definition of treadmill
1a : a device having an endless belt on which an individual walks or runs in place for exercise or physiological testingb : a mill worked by an animal treading an endless beltc : a mill worked by persons treading on steps on the periphery of a wide wheel having a horizontal axis and used formerly in prison punishment
2 : a wearisome or monotonous routine resembling continued activity on a treadmill the office treadmill
Examples of treadmill in a Sentence
the treadmill of exhausting family schedules
the treadmill of the morning commute to work
Recent Examples of treadmill from the Web
Wake Forest's Baker puts seniors on treadmills at the local YMCA to avoid bumpy sidewalks.
Runners can work out on a treadmill facing a wraparound screen that puts them in a virtual Central Park.
Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign-policy chief, has been furiously working the Balkan diplomatic treadmill.
Try alternating between sprints and walking on the treadmill, or visit orangetheoryfitness.com for a class near you.
In this study, the researchers selected ninety-seven endurance runners (47 women) with diverse running backgrounds to perform, a discontinuous protocol of incremental treadmill running (4- minute stages, 1-kilometer per hour increments).
The answer, according to a team at Carnegie Mellon University, is the combination of a genetic algorithm and a treadmill.
Sumner was dogged by multiple injuries this past season and has only recently returned to some forms of physical activity, including running on a treadmill.
Sumner, who had two seasons of NCAA eligibility remaining, only recently returned to some forms of physical activity, including running on a treadmill.
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First Known Use of treadmill
TREADMILL Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of treadmill for Students
1 : a device having an endless belt on which an individual walks or runs in place for exercise
2 : a tiresome routine
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