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tread·mill

 (trĕd′mĭl′)
n.
1. A wheel with steps on which a person treads, used to power machinery.
2. An exercise device consisting of a continuous moving belt on which a person or animal can walk or run while remaining in one place.
3. A monotonous routine or set of tasks.

treadmill

(ˈtrɛdˌmɪl)
n
1. (Historical Terms) Also called: treadwheel (formerly) an apparatus used to produce rotation, in which the weight of men or animals climbing steps on or around the periphery of a cylinder or wheel caused it to turn
2. a dreary round or routine
3. an exercise machine that consists of a continuous moving belt on which to walk or jog

tread•mill

(ˈtrɛdˌmɪl)

n.
1. a mill powered by people or animals treading on a succession of moving steps or on a belt.
2. an exercise machine that allows the user to walk or run in place, usu. on a continuous belt.
3. any monotonous, wearisome routine in which there is little or no satisfactory progress.
[1815–25]

Treadmill

A machine with an endless belt that an animal can walk on and cause the belt to rotate, thereby converting walking motion into rotary motion. Treadmills, like Horse powers, are very old in concept. Roman relief drawings of 100 a.d. show man-powered machines that look much like those to be found today for mice to play on.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.treadmill - an exercise device consisting of an endless belt on which a person can walk or jog without changing placetreadmill - an exercise device consisting of an endless belt on which a person can walk or jog without changing place
exercise device - a device designed to provide exercise for the user
2.treadmill - a mill that is powered by men or animals walking on a circular belt or climbing stepstreadmill - a mill that is powered by men or animals walking on a circular belt or climbing steps
milling machinery, grinder, mill - machinery that processes materials by grinding or crushing
3.treadmill - a job involving drudgery and confinementtreadmill - a job involving drudgery and confinement
job, line of work, occupation, business, line - the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business"

treadmill

noun
A habitual, laborious, often tiresome course of action:
Informal: grind.
Slang: groove.
Translations
futópadtaposómalom

treadmill

[ˈtredmɪl] Nrueda f de andar (fig) → rutina f
back to the treadmill!¡volvamos al trabajo!

treadmill

[ˈtrɛdmɪl] n
(= tiring task, job) → corvée f
He can expect a gruelling week on the publicity treadmill → Il peut s'attendre à une épuisante semaine de corvée promotionnelle.
(= piece of equipment) → tapis m roulant

treadmill

n (lit)Tretwerk nt; (fig)Tretmühle f; (in gym) → Laufband nt; to work in the treadmillauf dem Laufband trainieren

treadmill

[ˈtrɛdˌmɪl] n (fig) to go back to the treadmilltornare alla solita routine

treadmill

n. [physical fitness] rueda de andar; tapiz rodante.

treadmill

n caminadora (Amer), tapiz m or cinta rodante (esp. Esp)
References in classic literature ?
And this would help him to understand why constructing artificial flowers or performing on a tread-mill is work, while rolling ten-pins or climbing Mont Blanc is only amusement.
The questionable sound of Silas's loom, so unlike the natural cheerful trotting of the winnowing-machine, or the simpler rhythm of the flail, had a half-fearful fascination for the Raveloe boys, who would often leave off their nutting or birds'-nesting to peep in at the window of the stone cottage, counterbalancing a certain awe at the mysterious action of the loom, by a pleasant sense of scornful superiority, drawn from the mockery of its alternating noises, along with the bent, tread-mill attitude of the weaver.
It puts one unpleasantly in mind of the tread-mill.