from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A wheel with steps on which a person treads, used to power machinery.
- noun An exercise device consisting of a continuous moving belt on which a person or animal can walk or run while remaining in one place.
- noun A monotonous routine or set of tasks.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun Figuratively, a monotonous and wearisome round, as of occupation or exertion: as, the treadmill of business.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A piece of indoor sporting equipment used to allow for the motions of running or walking while staying in one place.
- noun 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.
- noun A mill worked by horses, dogs, etc., treading an endless belt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an exercise device consisting of an endless belt on which a person can walk or jog without changing place
- noun a job involving drudgery and confinement
- noun a mill that is powered by men or animals walking on a circular belt or climbing steps
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Using the term treadmill is arguably increasingly inappropriate too, as it leads people to think it can continue ad infinitum.
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.
A Loss For Words 2008
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.
Yes, but you fail to explain how the treadmill is supposed to take off.
Just to assuage my concerns regarding a possibly-euphemistic treadmill, is there any practical difference between “targeted killing” and assassination?
The treadmill is targeted to launch to the station in August.
EH: Just to assuage my concerns regarding a possibly-euphemistic treadmill, is there any practical difference between “targeted killing” and assassination?
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.