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Treadle definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TREADLE
TREAGUE, n. treeg. A truce.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a lever that is operated with the foot [syn: pedal, treadle, foot pedal, foot lever] v
1: tread over; "the brick maker treadles over clay to pick out the stones"
2: operate (machinery) by a treadle

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English tredel step of a stair, from Old English, from tredan Date: 15th century a swiveling or lever device pressed by the foot to drive a machine II. verb (treadled; treadling) Date: 1891 intransitive verb to operate a treadle transitive verb to operate (as a machine) by a treadle

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. a lever worked by the foot and imparting motion to a machine. --v.intr. work a treadle. Etymology: OE tredel stair (as TREAD)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Treadle Trea"dle, n. [OE. tredyl a step, AS. tredel. See Tread.] 1. The part of a foot lathe, or other machine, which is pressed or moved by the foot. 2. (Biol.) The chalaza of a bird's egg; the tread.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(treadles) The treadle on a spinning wheel or sewing machine is a lever that you operate with your foot in order to turn a wheel in the machine. N-COUNT

Moby Thesaurus

advance, bar, beam, boom, bowl, bunt, butt, cant hook, claw bar, crank, crow, crowbar, drive, forward, handspike, impel, iron crow, jimmy, lever, limb, marlinespike, move, outrigger, peavey, pedal, pinch bar, pole, prize, propel, pry, push, ripping bar, roll, row, shove, shunt, spar, sweep, sweep along, thrust, troll, trundle, wrecking bar



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