American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pedal or lever operated by the foot for circular drive, as in a potter's wheel or sewing machine.
- v. To work a treadle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lever designed to be moved by the foot to impart motion to a machine, as a lathe, sewing-machine, or bicycle. It consists usually of a form of lever connected by a rod with a crank; but other forms employ straps or cords for transmitting the power. In the bicycle the treadle is practically the crank itself. In the organ, particularly the pipe-organ, and many machines, the drop press, etc., where the treadle does not impart a rotary motion, but only starts, stops, or otherwise controls the machine or instrument, it is more properly a pedal, but in the reed-organ the foot-levers by which the feeders are operated are called either treadles or pedals. See cuts under pegger, potter, reed-organ, ripple, sewing-machine, and spring-hammer.
- n. The tough ropy or stringy part of the white of an egg; the chalaza: so called because formerly supposed to be the male sperm. Compare tread, 4.
- To operate a treadle; specifically, in playing a reed-organ, to operate the feeders by means of the foot-levers or pedals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The part of a foot lathe, or other machine, which is pressed or moved by the foot.
- n. (Biol.) The chalaza of a bird's egg; the tread.
- n. a lever that is operated with the foot
- v. tread over
- v. operate (machinery) by a treadle
- Middle English tredel, from Old English, step of a stair, from tredan, to tread. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“We designed a range of affordable irrigation tools such as treadle pumps, and mass-marketed them to small-acreage farmers through the local private sector.”
“Her sewing machine had a "treadle" and our TV was a 5 "black and white with fuzzy images.”
“Ranging from low-tech options such as a treadle pump that is improving irrigation and access to water in villages across Africa, to high-tech geographical information systems utilizing the latest satellite technology and cell phones that allow smallholder farmers to benefit from access to market data, timely weather forecasts, and crop advice.”
“She also said it brings back personal memories of helping out around the house, bringing in firewood and watching her Aunt Hilda on the Singer, working the treadle as the bobbin spun out thread for one of Patsy's fringed cowgirl outfits.”
“When she spoke out of turn, she claims she was forced to sew at a treadle machine with no needle for a fortnight.”
“Evaluations rarely guide us in making the big choices between and among the various sectoral interventions, such as health (primary care, prevention, training health professionals or building hospitals?) versus agriculture (sustainable small farms, treadle pumps or massive irrigation projects?)”
“Katya, thanks for reminding me of the treadle sewing machine.”
“A team of students from the University of Michigan BLUELab produced their first prototype of a treadle pump in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala last week.”
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