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[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), treadled, treadling.
to work a treadle.
Origin of treadle
before 1000; Middle English tredel stairstep, Old English. See tread, -le
Related forms
[tred-ler] /ˈtrɛd lər/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for treadle
  • The artisans who make this jacket create the pattern freehand as they guide the garment through a treadle-operated sewing machine.
  • Sample a sugar cane drink fresh from the treadle operated press.
  • Underneath the table is an electric battery or a treadle, according to the power used in moving the cylinder.
  • The beam is broken and an electrical signal is generated when an axle crosses the treadle.
  • The wooden foot-treadle spinning wheel is powered by the spinner's foot rather than a motor or the spinner's hand.
  • The patch machine shall be guarded to prevent the operator's hands entering the punch area, and the foot treadle shall be guarded.
  • The treadle valve supply lines in the cab had been cut for removal of the valve and oil was found inside the lines.
  • The initial application of the brake treadle valve is regenerative.
  • The treadle displacement was converted to actual displacement via an electro-mechanical servo.
British Dictionary definitions for treadle


  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
Old English tredel, from trǣde something firm, from tredan to tread
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Word Origin and History for treadle

"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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