Definition of treadle in English:

treadle

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrɛd(ə)l
 
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noun

  • A lever worked by the foot and imparting motion to a machine.
    More 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

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  • Operate (a machine) with a treadle: he was treadling the cardboard-box machine

Origin

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

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