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treadle Syllabification: trea·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈtredl/

Definition of treadle in English:


1A lever worked by the foot that imparts motion to a machine.
Example sentences
  • She had a treadle sewing machine and mended everything.
  • My mother wasn't good at sewing but she had a treadle sewing machine and patched and patched.
  • Franklin's glass armonica, which rests in a mahogany veneered case on cabriole legs and pad feet, was probably originally fitted with a foot treadle to rotate the axle on which the color-coded glass bowls were mounted.
1.1Any of a row of metal spikes set on an angle on a spring within a plate laid across the entrance or exit of a parking facility, used to prevent drivers from using the facility without paying.


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Operate (a machine) using a treadle.


Old English tredel 'stair, step' (see tread).

Words that rhyme with treadle

backpedal, heddle, medal, meddle, pedal, peddle
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