A pedal or lever operated by the foot for circular drive, as in a potter's wheel or sewing machine.(noun)
To work a treadle.(verb-intransitive)
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Use "treadle" in a sentence
"Cooper-Hewitt Receives 600K to Continue Design for the Other 90% Exhibit The treadle is a bamboo water pump powered by the human foot – Inhabitat about mission submit a story shop advertise with us support us press contact sign up"
"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."