Definition of treadle in English:

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treadle

Pronunciation: /ˈtrɛd(ə)l/

noun

A lever worked by the foot and imparting 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.

verb

[with object]
Operate (a machine) with a treadle: he was treadling the cardboard-box machine

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with treadle

backpedal, heddle, medal, meddle, pedal, peddle

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