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tread·le

 (trĕd′l)
n.
A pedal or lever operated by the foot for circular drive, as in a potter's wheel or sewing machine.
intr.v. tread·led, tread·ling, tread·les
To work a treadle.

[Middle English tredel, from Old English, step of a stair, from tredan, to tread.]

tread′ler n.

treadle

(ˈtrɛdəl)
n
(Mechanical Engineering)
a. a rocking lever operated by the foot to drive a machine
b. (as modifier): a treadle sewing machine.
vb
(Mechanical Engineering) to work (a machine) with a treadle
[Old English tredel, from trǣde something firm, from tredan to tread]
ˈtreadler n

trea•dle

(ˈtrɛd l)

n., v. -dled, -dling. n.
1. a lever or the like worked by the foot to impart motion to a machine.
v.i.
2. to work a treadle.
[before 1000; Middle English tredel stairstep, Old English. See tread, -le]

treadle


Past participle: treadled
Gerund: treadling

Imperative
treadle
treadle
Present
I treadle
you treadle
he/she/it treadles
we treadle
you treadle
they treadle
Preterite
I treadled
you treadled
he/she/it treadled
we treadled
you treadled
they treadled
Present Continuous
I am treadling
you are treadling
he/she/it is treadling
we are treadling
you are treadling
they are treadling
Present Perfect
I have treadled
you have treadled
he/she/it has treadled
we have treadled
you have treadled
they have treadled
Past Continuous
I was treadling
you were treadling
he/she/it was treadling
we were treadling
you were treadling
they were treadling
Past Perfect
I had treadled
you had treadled
he/she/it had treadled
we had treadled
you had treadled
they had treadled
Future
I will treadle
you will treadle
he/she/it will treadle
we will treadle
you will treadle
they will treadle
Future Perfect
I will have treadled
you will have treadled
he/she/it will have treadled
we will have treadled
you will have treadled
they will have treadled
Future Continuous
I will be treadling
you will be treadling
he/she/it will be treadling
we will be treadling
you will be treadling
they will be treadling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been treadling
you have been treadling
he/she/it has been treadling
we have been treadling
you have been treadling
they have been treadling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been treadling
you will have been treadling
he/she/it will have been treadling
we will have been treadling
you will have been treadling
they will have been treadling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been treadling
you had been treadling
he/she/it had been treadling
we had been treadling
you had been treadling
they had been treadling
Conditional
I would treadle
you would treadle
he/she/it would treadle
we would treadle
you would treadle
they would treadle
Past Conditional
I would have treadled
you would have treadled
he/she/it would have treadled
we would have treadled
you would have treadled
they would have treadled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.treadle - a lever that is operated with the foottreadle - a lever that is operated with the foot
accelerator, accelerator pedal, gas pedal, throttle, gas, gun - a pedal that controls the throttle valve; "he stepped on the gas"
bicycle, bike, cycle, wheel - a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
brake pedal - foot pedal that moves a piston in the master brake cylinder
clutch pedal, clutch - a pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism; "he smoothely released the clutch with one foot and stepped on the gas with the other"
lever - a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
automotive vehicle, motor vehicle - a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
pipe organ, organ - wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard
soft pedal - a pedal on a piano that moves the action closer to the strings and so soften the sound
loud pedal, sustaining pedal - a pedal on a piano that lifts the dampers from the strings and so allows them to continue vibrating
Verb1.treadle - tread over; "the brick maker treadles over clay to pick out the stones"
trample, tread - tread or stomp heavily or roughly; "The soldiers trampled across the fields"
2.treadle - operate (machinery) by a treadletreadle - operate (machinery) by a treadle  
control, operate - handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
Translations

treadle

[ˈtredl] Npedal m

treadle

[ˈtrɛdəl] npédale f (de machine à coudre, de métier à tisser)

treadle

n (of sewing machine)Tretkurbel f, → Pedal nt; (of lathe also)Fußhebel m
vitreten

treadle

[ˈtrɛdl] npedale m
References in classic literature ?
A little black girl sat on the floor, and with her hands worked the treadle of the machine.
He saw God's foot upon the treadle of the loom, and spoke it; and therefore his shipmates called him mad.
Oh, now, really I didn't notice you," said she, taking a few turns of the treadle and steering the machine across to them.
It stumbles, and gives you the most awful tosses, and it goes lame by its treadles and thingamejigs coming off, and it wears out, and is twice as much trouble to keep clean and scrape the mud off as a horse, and all sorts of things.
The treadle ones are beautiful, but are difficult to sell on.
Component upgrades include stainless steel bowl and support frame, treadle plate activator, privacy screens, alarms and digital temperature gauges.
Influential designer Jeanne rose used a 100-year-old Singer treadle sewing machine for her creations.
It features a hand held lever which eliminates the use of treadle in interchanging heddles to lock wefts.
But, in some places, the treadle pump isn't used, Mehta said in a recent TED Talk, because the women like the long walk to the watering hole because it gives them time to socialize with each other, or the watering hole is the place women meet potential mates - or the swaying motion of the hips while operating the treadle is seen as provocative in some cultures.
Tom added that hand cranked and treadle sewing machines are preferred because many rural areas are without electricity.
His machine was actually meant for commercial use, but Singer Corporation founder and president Edward Clark went after home sewists, insisting they could easily sew with the foot-powered treadle.
Not since Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze looked like they'd staged a dirty protest with a treadle wheel and lump of earthenware has the hobby of pottery figured so prominently in our imaginations.