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treadle

[tred-l] /ˈtrɛd l/
noun
1.
a lever or the like worked by continual action of the foot to impart motion to a machine.
2.
a platform, as on a bus or trolleycar, for opening an exit door.
verb (used without object), treadled, treadling.
3.
to work a treadle.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English tredel stairstep, Old English. See tread, -le
Related forms
treadler
[tred-ler] /ˈtrɛd lər/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • The shafts on a floor loom are controlled by a series of pedals called treadles.
British Dictionary definitions for treadles

treadle

/ˈtrɛdəl/
noun
1.
  1. a rocking lever operated by the foot to drive a machine
  2. (as modifier): a treadle sewing machine
verb
2.
to work (a machine) with a treadle
Derived Forms
treadler, noun
Word Origin
Old English tredel, from trǣde something firm, from tredan to tread
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Word Origin and History for treadles

treadle

n.

"lever worked by foot," c.1400, from Old English tredel "step, stair," from tredan "to tread" (see tread) + instrumental suffix -el (cf. handle).

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