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Treadle   Listen
Treadle  n.  
The part of a foot lathe, or other machine, which is pressed or moved by the foot.
(Biol.) The chalaza of a bird's egg; the tread.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Treadle" Quotes from Famous Books

... Wales, myself," he remarked, "and my mother's expecting me to lunch at Windsor. So long, me lord," and he set his foot on the treadle. ...
— The Shuttle • Frances Hodgson Burnett

... when we may go forward a new step. In teaching the children at the House of Industry at Munich to spin, Count Rumford wisely ordered that they should be made perfect in one motion before any other was shown to them: at first they were allowed only to move the wheel by the treadle with their feet; when, after sufficient practice, the foot became perfect in its lesson, the hands were set to work, and the children were allowed to begin to spin with coarse materials. It is said that these children made remarkable good spinners. Madame de Genlis applied the same principle ...
— Practical Education, Volume I • Maria Edgeworth

... get a first-class stone, which may be small and rigged up with a foot treadle. A soft, fine-grained stone is most serviceable, and it should have a water tray, and never be used excepting with ...
— Carpentry for Boys • J. S. Zerbe

... its other end pivotally attached to the crank-pin (C), the tension of the spring being such that when the lathe stops the crack-pin will always be at one side of the dead-center, thus enabling the operator to start the machine by merely pressing the foot downwardly on the treadle (D). ...
— Practical Mechanics for Boys • J. S. Zerbe

... is carried in the base of the machine and on the left-hand side is a regulator for controlling the voltage for various kinds of work. The clamps are applied by treadles convenient to the foot of the operator. A treadle is provided which instantly releases both jaws upon the completion of the weld. One or both of the copper dies may be cooled by a stream of water circulating through it from the city water mains (Figure ...
— Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting • Harold P. Manly

... I be!" said Connie, stretching her arms a little, and suppressing a yawn. "It seems to get on my narves, like. I am that miserable when I'm turning that horrid handle and pressing that treadle up and down, up and down, as no words can say. I 'spect it's the hair so full of fluff an' things, too; some'ow I lose my happetite for my or'nary feed when I'm working at that ...
— Sue, A Little Heroine • L. T. Meade

... have observed there is a prejudice here against treadle machines;—the creole girls are persuaded they injure the health. Most of the sewing-machines I have seen among this people are operated by hand,—with a sort of ...
— Two Years in the French West Indies • Lafcadio Hearn

Words linked to "Treadle" :   trample, tread, sustaining pedal, gas, motor vehicle, accelerator pedal, foot pedal, pipe organ, pedal, soft pedal, loud pedal, bicycle, bike, accelerator, foot lever, lever, cycle, throttle, clutch pedal, automotive vehicle, brake pedal

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