verb (used without object), trea·dled, trea·dling.
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OTHER WORDS FROM treadletread·ler [tred-ler], /ˈtrɛd lər/, noun
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Example sentences 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
A little black girl sat on the floor, and with her hands worked the treadle of the machine.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Bent low over the machine, he seems absorbed in the work, his hands deftly manipulating the shuttle, his foot on the treadle.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
The wheel propelled by the treadle of the sewing machine will make a good drive wheel.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
You stood before this and turned a large wheel at the left to start it, after which you kept it going with one foot on a treadle.The Wrong Twin|Harry Leon Wilson
All that is necessary is to leave an extension to the arm or heel of the treadle to catch over the jaw of the trap.Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper|Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
British Dictionary definitions for treadle
- a rocking lever operated by the foot to drive a machine
- (as modifier)a treadle sewing machine