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treadle (n.)

"lever worked by foot," c. 1400, from Old English tredel "step, stair, sole of the foot," from tredan "to tread" (see tread (v.)) + instrumental suffix -el (1). Compare handle (n.).

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Definitions of treadle from WordNet
1
treadle (v.)
tread over;
the brick maker treadles over clay to pick out the stones
treadle (v.)
operate (machinery) by a treadle;
2
treadle (n.)
a lever that is operated with the foot;
Synonyms: pedal / foot pedal / foot lever
From wordnet.princeton.edu