Definitions of treadle

n a lever that is operated with the foot

foot lever, foot pedal, pedal
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accelerator, accelerator pedal, gas, gas pedal, gun, throttle
a pedal that controls the throttle valve
brake pedal
foot pedal that moves a piston in the master brake cylinder
clutch, clutch pedal
a pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism
soft pedal
a pedal on a piano that moves the action closer to the strings and so soften the sound
loud pedal, sustaining pedal
a pedal on a piano that lifts the dampers from the strings and so allows them to continue vibrating
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a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum

v operate (machinery) by a treadle

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control, operate
handle and cause to function

v tread over

“the brick maker treadles over clay to pick out the stones”
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trample, tread
tread or stomp heavily or roughly

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