What does treadmill mean?

Definitions for treadmillˈtrɛdˌmɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word treadmill.

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, displays, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes, styles and computer systems used to walk or run on with the ability and system to record data and movement from the user.

    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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Le Corre:

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

  2. Keith Martin:

    It becomes a treadmill whose speed is constantly ramping up.

  3. Tom Holland:

    Running on a treadmill is a pretty horrible experience for most people and they generally don't maximize their time.

  4. Heidi Klum:

    People would be surprised how little I exercise, i have a treadmill at home, so I run a bit, but the last time I ran was maybe six weeks ago.

  5. Barbara Lewin:

    The meal should be digested to provide fuel to the working muscles, the last thing you want is to step onto the treadmill with a full stomach.

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