[ tred-l ]
/ ˈtrɛd l /


a lever or the like worked by continual action of the foot to impart motion to a machine.
a platform, as on a bus or trolleycar, for opening an exit door.

verb (used without object), trea·dled, trea·dling.

to work a treadle.

Origin of treadle

before 1000; Middle English tredel stairstep, Old English. See tread, -le

Related forms

tread·ler [tred-ler] /ˈtrɛd lər/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for treadle


/ (ˈtrɛdəl) /


  1. a rocking lever operated by the foot to drive a machine
  2. (as modifier)a treadle sewing machine


to work (a machine) with a treadle

Derived Forms

treadler, noun

Word Origin for treadle

Old English tredel, from trǣde something firm, from tredan to tread
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