• WordNet 3.6
    • n tread-wheel a mill that is powered by men or animals walking on a circular belt or climbing steps
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tread-wheel a form of tread-mill with steps on its exterior surface, by treading on which the wheel is turned
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tredan; Ice. trodha, Ger. treten.


In literature:

He heard the tread of many feet, the sound of commands, the neigh of horses and the rumbling of cannon wheels.
"The Guns of Shiloh" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Aye, if treading the wheel will do it!
"Children's Classics In Dramatic Form" by Augusta Stevenson
We show herewith the method employed by the Baltimore Car Wheel Company in casting chilled wheels to prevent tread defects.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 483, April 4, 1885" by Various
He listened to the sound of the carriage-wheels die away and to the crunching tread of the two men down the avenue.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
And then was heard the clatter of car-wheels, and the tread of horse-hoofs.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
He heard the tread of horses and the sound of wheels moving.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
There were the marks of a sand car's treads, half obscured by thin, unmarked wheel tracks.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Land which has been puddled by the tread of cattle, or by wheels, acquires a peculiar consistency, and a singular capacity to hold water.
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
Does not the earth shake with the tread of horses and the wheels of swift cannon?
"Romola" by George Eliot
The truck wheels, of the hollow spoke pattern, are cast iron with chilled treads.
"The 'Pioneer': Light Passenger Locomotive of 1851" by John H. White
Shall they thus tread thee down, which once were glad To lacquey by thy conquering chariot-wheels?
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
He had removed an old tire and wheel, and was replacing it with one whose tread appeared new.
"Ghost Beyond the Gate" by Mildred A. Wirt
The exercise of the tread-wheel is very salutary.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
Treading in a wheel for moving machinery.
"A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis" by Patrick Colquhoun
Fortunately the wheels of one of the Gypsy vans had a peculiar tread.
"The Corner House Girls Among the Gypsies" by Grace Brooks Hill
The train of attendants had stopped, and there was now heard, behind, the quick tread of horses, and the rumbling of wheels.
"The Childhood of King Erik Menved" by Bernhard Severin Ingemann
There is no standard width of tread for truck wheels.
"Motor Truck Logging Methods" by Frederick Malcolm Knapp
Again, he was treading the wheel of the old cart, the one with the footboard.
"The Quest" by Frederik van Eeden
The truck wheels, of the hollow spoke pattern, are cast iron with chilled treads.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous
The width of the broad-tread wheels was four inches.
"Historic Highways of America (Vol. 10)" by Archer Butler Hulbert

In poetry:

The roar of wheel on rail had now become
One long continuous tread
Of thirty thousand men by trump and drum
To battle sternly led.
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson
He said, & sprung with swift career
To trace a Circle for the year,
Where since the seasons ever wheel,
And tread on one anothers heel.
"An Allegory On Man" by Thomas Parnell
Perhaps the feet of Moses, burnt and bare,
Crushed it beneath their tread;
Or Pharaoh's flashing wheels into the air
Scattered it as they sped;
"By The Fireside : Sand Of The Desert In An Hour-Glass" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Adown the long, complaining track,
Our wheels a message hurried back;
And quivering through the rails ahead,
Went news of our resistless tread,
Up the line.
"Up The Line" by William McKendree Carleton
In the old wars drum of hoofs and the beat of shod feet.
In the new wars hum of motors and the tread of rubber tires.
In the wars to come silent wheels and whirr of rods not
yet dreamed out in the heads of men.
"Wars" by Carl Sandburg
My quiet little garden! — I hear the rolling wheel
Of the city's busy multitude along the highway peal,
I tread thy paths more fondly, and inhale the circling air
That glads and cools me on its way from that wide mart of care.
"My Garden" by Caroline Howard Gilman

In news:

The new synthetic caster is available with two wheel and two tread types to insure quiet, smooth operation for every application.
JConcepts now offers their popular 3Ds tread pattern for 1/10 buggies, plus they have released Inverse 12mm hex wheels and 3mm plastic nuts.