Definition of treadle in English:


Syllabification: trea·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈtredl


  • 1A lever worked by the foot that imparts motion to a machine.
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    • 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).

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