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Princeton's WordNet

  1. treadmill(noun)

    an exercise device consisting of an endless belt on which a person can walk or jog without changing place

  2. treadmill, treadwheel, tread-wheel(noun)

    a mill that is powered by men or animals walking on a circular belt or climbing steps

  3. treadmill, salt mine(noun)

    a job involving drudgery and confinement


  1. treadmill(Noun)

    A piece of indoor sporting equipment used to allow for the motions of running or walking while staying in one place.

  2. treadmill(Noun)

    A mill worked by persons treading upon steps on the periphery of a wide wheel having a horizontal axis. It is used principally as a means of prison discipline.

  3. treadmill(Noun)

    A mill worked by horses, dogs, etc., treading an endless belt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Treadmill(noun)

    a mill worked by persons treading upon steps on the periphery of a wide wheel having a horizontal axis. It is used principally as a means of prison discipline. Also, a mill worked by horses, dogs, etc., treading an endless belt


  1. Treadmill

    A treadmill is a device for walking or running while staying in the same place. Treadmills were introduced before the development of powered machines, to harness the power of animals or humans to do work, often a type of mill that was operated by a person or animal treading steps of a treadwheel to grind grain. In later times treadmills were used as punishment devices for people sentenced to hard labour in prisons. The terms treadmill and treadwheel were used interchangeably for the power and punishment mechanisms. More recently treadmills are not used to harness power, but as exercise machines for running or walking in one place. Rather than the user powering the mill, the machine provides a moving platform with a wide conveyor belt driven by an electric motor or a flywheel. The belt moves to the rear requiring the user to walk or run at a speed matching that of the belt. The rate at which the belt moves is the rate of walking or running. Thus, the speed of running may be controlled and measured. The more expensive, heavy-duty versions are motor-driven. The simpler, lighter, and less expensive versions passively resist the motion, moving only when walkers push the belt with their feet. The latter are known as manual treadmills.

Editors Contribution

  1. treadmill

    A type of device, machine or product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes, styles and computer systems.

    There are a wide variety of treadmill on the market to suit a variety of budget and purposes, most in 2015 will have a computer system that gives data to the user.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 4, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of treadmill in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of treadmill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of treadmill in a Sentence

  1. Edna Ferber:

    Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth... But amusing Never.

  2. Le Corre:

    How would you train a panther to be fit? not on a treadmill.

  3. Derek Ochiai:

    Pain tells you you’re injuring something, instead of pounding a treadmill for 90 minutes through severe shin pain, (and) bench pressing with intense shoulder pain, stop. Rest it. Then go back at a lighter level.

  4. Nasario Meija:

    It does not require as much dynamic movement as a rower or a treadmill, it's a good starting point into a progressive cardio routine, or for people with lower back or knee problems because it's very soft on the joints.

  5. Betina Evancha:

    When we think about making new products, we're thinking about who can this bring into the Peloton member base who maybe didn't feel comfortable with our current product offerings, now folks who maybe don't have the $ 4,000 treadmill in their budget can afford the Tread experience.

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