treadmill

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n treadmill a job involving drudgery and confinement
    • n treadmill a mill that is powered by men or animals walking on a circular belt or climbing steps
    • n treadmill an exercise device consisting of an endless belt on which a person can walk or jog without changing place
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the late 1800's, washing machines and butter churners were sometimes powered by dogs walking on treadmills.
    • n Treadmill 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n treadmill An appliance for producing rotary motion by the weight of a man or men, or of an animal, as a horse, stepping on movable steps connected with a revolving cylinder or wheel. The name is now rarely given to industrial appliances of this nature, but chiefly to those used as means of punishment in some prisons. Compare horse-power, 3, and see cut in next column.
    • n treadmill Figuratively, a monotonous and wearisome round, as of occupation or exertion: as, the treadmill of business.
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Quotations

  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.”
  • Cher
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    “Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. To us, exercise is nothing short of a miracle.”

Usage

In literature:

Would the treadmill never end?
"Abijah's Bubble" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Most of the treadmills I ever knew anything about in the old country were just treadmills, and that was all.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
The treadmill is a divine teacher.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
But the whole people move in the treadmill of formulas.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Truly, the bike is an excellent substitute for the treadmill and the reformatory!
"Mr. Punch Awheel"
The other half plodded a weary treadmill.
"When the Sleepers Woke" by Arthur Leo Zagat
From this Giottesque treadmill, painting was released by the intervention of another art.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, September 1879" by Various
For me, it was a veritable treadmill.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
So the old wife went back into the treadmill.
"The Co-Citizens" by Corra Harris
But I fear his nerves are too finely strung for the official treadmill.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
They lived in this simple fashion that the poet might pursue his high vocation, and not be put into the treadmill of any steady work.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
From this Giottesque treadmill, painting was released by the intervention of another art.
"Euphorion" by Vernon Lee
Like men upon a treadmill, they were compelled to keep on moving, although neither able nor willing.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
The prisoners sentenced to hard labour were put on a treadmill which ground corn.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
If you have made no place for yourself by that time in America you belong by a sort of divine decree to the treadmill.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
The soundest charity is not that which provides food and homes for the destitute, but treadmills for those who make them destitute.
"Some Conditions of Child Life in England" by Benjamin Waugh
He has worked like a horse in a treadmill.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
It got so that it seemed as though they were walking on a treadmill.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
He took me in his hand, certainly, but it was to place me in a cage like a treadmill.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
We found the treadmill in operation.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
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In poetry:

Unheeded let the newsboy call,
Aside the ledger lay
The world will keep its treadmill step
Though we fall out to-day.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
What shapes and fancies, grave or gay,
Before us at his bidding come
The Treadmill tramp, the One-Horse Shay,
The dumb despair of Elsie's doom!
"Our Autocrat" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Though night is void of music,
And care infests the day --
He greets existence with a smile,
And scatters cheer with every mile
That marks his treadmill way.
"The Gadder" by Bert Leston Taylor
Ay truly; if for once I stray
Into the treadmill,—'tis in play;
I will not own its narrow code,
It shall not be my cramped abode,
Free of the fields, in open day
I go my gait!
"Six Studies In Exotic Forms Of Verse" by Emily Pfeiffer
The treadmill round of duties that
Makes any life inane and flat,
Without diversion sandwiched in,
The drudgery, the overplus
Of toil and trouble arduous,
Were rugged discipline.
"Never Had A Chance" by Hattie Howard
Now 'tis oakum for his fingers and the treadmill for his feet,
And the quarry-gang on Portland in the cold and in the heat,
And between his spells of labor in the time he has to spare
He can curse the God that made him for the color of his hair.
"XVIII: Oh Who Is That Young Sinner with the Handcuffs on his Wrists" by A E Housman

In news:

Using a treadmill to train for a marathon.
On a treadmill THAT'S what treadmills may have been designed to do.
I got a big kick out of Wendy's post from yesterday where a couple of cats were just mystified about what was going on with a treadmill.
Stephen Colbert Treadmill Heads to ISS.
Miami Children's Hospital hosts 26.2-hour Treadmill Marathon.
News and information about Treadmill on Oprah.com.
New treadmill helps patients in rehab.
Great Idea, jump and firmly land with both feet on a moving treadmill.
Here's some other great treadmill accidents.
Treadmill Reviews from Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports is the best place to come to find expert Treadmill reviews.
We review different types of Treadmills.
Our Treadmill reviews will help you decide what Treadmill is best for you.
Watch this woman take her work out to the next level, with dancing on a treadmill.
I worry about falling down while on the treadmill that is one of my worst fears while at the gym.
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In science:

Kane, S.K., Wobbrock, J.O. and Smith, I.E., Getting off the treadmill: evaluating walking u ser interfaces for mobile devices in public spaces. in Proc.
Practical Context Awareness: Measuring and Utilizing the Context Dependency of Mobile Usage
Philippe Kaesermann for the loan of the instrumented treadmill.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Hemiparetic stepping to the beat: Asymmetric response to metronome phase shift during treadmill gait.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Rhythm perturbations in acoustically paced treadmill walking after stroke.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Treadmill exercise activates subcortical neural networks and improves walking after stroke: A randomized controlled trial. Stroke.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Rehabilitation treatment of gait in patients with parkinson's disease with freezing: A comparison between two physical therapy protocols using visual and auditory cues with or without treadmill training.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
How does the treadmill affect gait in parkinson's disease? Curr Aging Sci.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Persistent and anti-persistent pattern in stride-to-stride variability of treadmill walking: Influence of rythmic auditory cueing.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Comparison of vertical ground reaction forces during overground and treadmill walking.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Step-to-step variability in treadmill walking: Influence of rhythmic auditory cueing.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Step width variability, but not step length variability or step time variability, discriminates gait of healthy young and older adults during treadmill locomotion. J Biomech.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Macroscale swimming by boundary actuation of an elastic filament [280]; (c) Toroidal swimming; (d) Swimming by surface treadmilling.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
During such a test, sub jects are exposed to increasing levels of speed and inclination on a treadmill.
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
Upper graph: the modularity of the interbeat covariance matrix increases abruptly during a stress test on a treadmill.
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
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