Definition of treadle in English:
A lever worked by the foot and imparting motion to a machine.
- 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.
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Old English tredel 'stair, step' (see tread).
Definition of treadle in:
- US English dictionary
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