verb (used without object), trea·dled, trea·dling.
Examples from the Web for 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|Daily Beast Promotions|March 2, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The pulley is provided with a friction clutch operated by the treadle, shown.
I offered to assist by putting my foot on the treadle, but he said it was not necessary.Aliens|William McFee
A treadle g is pivoted at h, and acts upon the lower end of d, causing the die f to grip or release the bolts, as may be required.
Don't you see, boys, that the old fellow comes along and to go in he surely will step on the treadle.Deadfalls and Snares|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Then, placing one foot on a treadle hanging from the handle of the knife, he firmly presses the latter down on the block.The Inhabitants of the Philippines|Frederic H. Sawyer
British Dictionary definitions for treadle
- a rocking lever operated by the foot to drive a machine
- (as modifier)a treadle sewing machine