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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TREADLE

This platform could be raised and lowered by the foot, by means of a treadle.

He gave the treadle a thrust that sent him off like an arrow from a bow.

The father's voice relaxed, and his foot lay limp on the treadle.

Such machines are worked by power and set going by the pressure of a treadle.

Paging, which is for made-up books, is done by a machine worked by a treadle.

What is the difference between the treadle and a motor-power machine?

Now pour in some oil from the lip of the flask; but not upon the treadle, you old blockhead.

The wedge had dropped out, and the step revolved like the treadle of a fox-trap.

The feeding is done by the treadle f, which operates the rod e.

An additional charge of $12 was made for a table and treadle.

WORD ORIGIN

"lever worked by foot," c.1400, from Old English tredel "step, stair," from tredan "to tread" (see tread) + instrumental suffix -el (cf. handle).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TREADLE

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