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treadmill

[tred-mil]
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noun
  1. an apparatus for producing rotary motion by the weight of people or animals, treading on a succession of moving steps or a belt that forms a kind of continuous path, as around the periphery of a pair of horizontal cylinders.
  2. an exercise machine that allows the user to walk or run in place, usually on a continuous moving belt.
  3. any monotonous, wearisome routine in which there is little or no satisfactory progress.

Origin of treadmill

First recorded in 1815–25; tread + mill1
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treadmill

noun
  1. Also called: treadwheel (formerly) an apparatus used to produce rotation, in which the weight of men or animals climbing steps on or around the periphery of a cylinder or wheel caused it to turn
  2. a dreary round or routine
  3. an exercise machine that consists of a continuous moving belt on which to walk or jog
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Word Origin and History for treadmill

n.

invented (and named) 1822 by William Cubitt of Ipswich, England; originally an instrument of prison discipline; from tread (v.) + mill (n.1).

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