treadle

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English tredel, from Old English tredel; equivalent to tread +‎ -le.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹɛdl̩/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛdəl

NounEdit

treadle (plural treadles)

  1. A foot-operated pedal or lever that generates motion.
    • 1960 March, G. Freeman Allen, “Europe's most luxurious express - the "Settebello"”, in Trains Illustrated, page 141:
      There is an inconspicuous treadle let into the floor and when you step on it an air-operated door-opening mechanism is automatically activated; [...].
  2. A device actuated by wheels passing over it.
    • 1962 July, “Talking of Trains: Automatic car park at Harlow”, in Modern Railways, pages 11-12:
      As a car enters the parking area the front wheels pass over a treadle, causing a timber barrier to lift and allow the motorist to drive in and park. No money is required at this stage. As the car passes over a second treadle, just beyond the entrance, the barrier falls again.
  3. (biology) Chalaza.

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VerbEdit

treadle (third-person singular simple present treadles, present participle treadling, simple past and past participle treadled)

  1. (intransitive) To use a treadle.

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