treadmill

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noun tread·mill \ ˈtred-ˌmil \

Definition of treadmill

1 a :a device having an endless belt on which an individual walks or runs in place for exercise or physiological testing
b :a mill worked by an animal treading an endless belt
c :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

  1. the treadmill of exhausting family schedules

  2. the treadmill of the morning commute to work

Recent Examples of treadmill from the Web

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First Known Use of treadmill

1822


TREADMILL Defined for English Language Learners

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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 :a device having an endless belt on which an individual walks or runs in place for exercise
2 :a tiresome routine

Medical Dictionary

treadmill

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noun tread·mill \ ˈtred-ˌmil \

medical Definition of treadmill

: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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