from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pedal or lever operated by the foot for circular drive, as in a potter's wheel or sewing machine.
- intransitive v. To work a treadle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A foot-operated pedal or lever that generates circular motion.
- v. To use a treadle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The part of a foot lathe, or other machine, which is pressed or moved by the foot.
- n. The chalaza of a bird's egg; the tread.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To operate a treadle; specifically, in playing a reed-organ, to operate the feeders by means of the foot-levers or pedals.
- n. A lever designed to be moved by the foot to impart motion to a machine, as a lathe, sewing-machine, or bicycle.
- n. The tough ropy or stringy part of the white of an egg; the chalaza: so called because formerly supposed to be the male sperm. Compare tread, 4.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a lever that is operated with the foot
- v. tread over
- v. operate (machinery) by a treadle
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The treadle is a bamboo water pump powered by the human foot
We designed a range of affordable irrigation tools such as treadle pumps, and mass-marketed them to small-acreage farmers through the local private sector.
Her sewing machine had a "treadle" and our TV was a 5 "black and white with fuzzy images.
Ranging from low-tech options such as a treadle pump that is improving irrigation and access to water in villages across Africa, to high-tech geographical information systems utilizing the latest satellite technology and cell phones that allow smallholder farmers to benefit from access to market data, timely weather forecasts, and crop advice.
She also said it brings back personal memories of helping out around the house, bringing in firewood and watching her Aunt Hilda on the Singer, working the treadle as the bobbin spun out thread for one of Patsy's fringed cowgirl outfits.
When she spoke out of turn, she claims she was forced to sew at a treadle machine with no needle for a fortnight.
Evaluations rarely guide us in making the big choices between and among the various sectoral interventions, such as health (primary care, prevention, training health professionals or building hospitals?) versus agriculture (sustainable small farms, treadle pumps or massive irrigation projects?)
Katya, thanks for reminding me of the treadle sewing machine.
A team of students from the University of Michigan BLUELab produced their first prototype of a treadle pump in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala last week.