- 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.
- to work a treadle.
Origin of treadle
Related Words for treadletool, crowbar, pedal, lam, jimmy, bar, binder, jack, pry, treadle, peavey, peavy
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Contemporary Examples of treadle
Treadle water pumps in Africa and Asia allowed women farmers to irrigate small plots and increase their harvests and incomes.Women | Tools | Technology: A Global Leapfrog, An ExxonMobil-sponsored Series
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Historical Examples of treadle
This platform could be raised and lowered by the foot, by means of a treadle.Rural Life and the Rural School
He gave the treadle a thrust that sent him off like an arrow from a bow.Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished
The father's voice relaxed, and his foot lay limp on the treadle.
Such machines are worked by power and set going by the pressure of a treadle.
Paging, which is for made-up books, is done by a machine worked by a treadle.
- a rocking lever operated by the foot to drive a machine
- (as modifier)a treadle sewing machine
- to work (a machine) with a treadle