Definition of treadmill in English:

treadmill

Syllabification: tread·mill
Pronunciation: /ˈtredˌmil
 
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noun

1A device formerly used for driving machinery, consisting of a large wheel with steps fitted into its inner surface. It was turned by the weight of people or animals treading the steps.
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  • Where humans worked against gravity, as they did inside cage wheels and upon treadmills, we can calculate the power outputs.
  • The work required of workhouse inmates, especially the treadmill, was so hard that most apprentices were unable to work for several days upon their return to the plantation.
  • The original carousel opened in 1871 and was powered by a blind mule and a horse which walked a treadmill in an underground pit.
1.1An exercise machine, typically with a continuous belt, that allows one to walk or run in place.
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  • Exercise therapy comprised an individualised aerobic exercise programme, mostly walking on treadmills and cycling on exercise bicycles.
  • The six male and six female participants completed four 90-minute walks on a treadmill in a refrigerated wind tunnel.
  • For exercise, each subject walked on a treadmill at a rate sufficient to achieve a minute ventilation that was approximately 3 times his or her resting rate.
1.2A job or situation that is tiring, boring, or unpleasant and from which it is hard to escape: the soulless treadmill of urban existence
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  • While debt relief has been extremely effective, it is not sufficient to allow poor countries escape the treadmill of borrowing to repay old loans.
  • In 1995, his second book, Ocean of Sound, provided a handy escape from the journalistic treadmill.
  • New to Scotland, the classes are being booked up by people who have grown tired of the treadmill and are taking up tassels instead.

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