American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mechanism rotated by people treading on the moving steps of a wheel.
- n. A similar device operated by an animal treading a continuous sloping belt.
- n. An exercise device consisting of a continuous moving belt on which a person can walk or jog while remaining in one place.
- n. A monotonous task or set of tasks seeming to have no end.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An appliance for producing rotary motion by the weight of a man or men, or of an animal, as a horse, stepping on movable steps connected with a revolving cylinder or wheel. The name is now rarely given to industrial appliances of this nature, but chiefly to those used as means of punishment in some prisons. Compare
horse-power, 3, and see cut in next column.
- n. Figuratively, a monotonous and wearisome round, as of occupation or exertion: as, the treadmill of business.
- n. A piece of indoor sporting equipment used to allow for the motions of running or walking while staying in one place.
- n. A mill worked by persons treading upon steps on the periphery of a wide wheel having a horizontal axis. It is used principally as a means of prison discipline.
- n. A mill worked by horses, dogs, etc., treading an endless belt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mill worked by persons treading upon steps on the periphery of a wide wheel having a horizontal axis. It is used principally as a means of prison discipline. Also, a mill worked by horses, dogs, etc., treading an endless belt.
- n. an exercise device consisting of an endless belt on which a person can walk or jog without changing place
- n. a job involving drudgery and confinement
- n. a mill that is powered by men or animals walking on a circular belt or climbing steps
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“I fully believe that NASA should have named the node itself after Colbert - fact is, he won - but the treadmill is a nice consolation prize.”
“Overall, I find that walking the dog or jogging on the treadmill is a great way to work out problems or come up with new ideas for writing.”
“Which is why at the heart of the Goodair Total Body Plan - a five- or six-week programme of between four and six 90-minute sessions a week - is what he calls treadmill aerobics.”
“The treadmill is targeted to launch to the station in August.”
“Two hundred days in, "the incline on the treadmill is not as steep," the official said, but added, "it's still moving very fast.”
“Besides, that treadmill is too large in relationship to the size of the plane for the plane to be able to carry it up into the sky.”
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