a lever or pedal moved by the foot as to turn a wheel
Origin of treadleMiddle English tredel ; from Old English tredan: see tread
to work a treadle
A pedal or lever operated by the foot for circular drive, as in a potter's wheel or sewing machine.
intransitive verbtread·led, tread·ling, tread·les
To work a treadle.
Origin of treadleMiddle English tredel, from Old English, step of a stair, from tredan, to tread.
(third-person singular simple present treadles, present participle treadling, simple past and past participle treadled)
- To use a treadle.