Definition of treadmill in English:



  • 1A large wheel turned by the weight of people or animals treading on steps fitted into its inner surface, formerly used to drive machinery.

    • ‘Where humans worked against gravity, as they did inside cage wheels and upon treadmills, we can calculate the power outputs.’
    • ‘The work required of workhouse inmates, especially the treadmill, was so hard that most apprentices were unable to work for several days upon their return to the plantation.’
    • ‘The original carousel opened in 1871 and was powered by a blind mule and a horse which walked a treadmill in an underground pit.’
    boring routine, humdrum existence, routine job, same old round, groove, grind, daily grind, treadmill, dead end, assembly line
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    1. 1.1 A device used for exercise, consisting of a continuous moving belt on which to walk or run.
      • ‘Fitness levels were determined by how long participants could walk on a treadmill without becoming fatigued and short of breath.’
      • ‘Exercise therapy comprised an individualised aerobic exercise programme, mostly walking on treadmills and cycling on exercise bicycles.’
      • ‘During my physio sessions, I also would walk on a treadmill, uphill, to try and strengthen and condition my lower body.’
      • ‘The six male and six female participants completed four 90-minute walks on a treadmill in a refrigerated wind tunnel.’
      • ‘Even while watching TV, people can use the treadmill, do knee exercises or do bicycling; every movement consumes calories so it pays to be active.’
      • ‘Day 3 of the fitness program involved half an hour at the gym - 10 minutes each on the treadmill, exercise bike and cross-trainer.’
      • ‘Slimmers, abdomen reduction belts, treadmills and fitness equipment are up for sale at a few stalls.’
      • ‘I think this is a far better solution than rewarding those who (somewhat ironically) drive across town twice a week in January to walk on a treadmill for an hour.’
      • ‘I also began to exercise, usually walking on the treadmill for two miles.’
      • ‘She likes to read and then sit around and think (or walk on a treadmill and think), but hasn't yet figured out a way to make a lot of money doing that.’
      • ‘The exercise may be walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bicycle.’
      • ‘This test combines a standard ECG with moderate exercise such as walking on a treadmill.’
      • ‘She started out walking on a treadmill at the Yates YMCA, then tried jogging 15 seconds, then 30 seconds, then a minute.’
      • ‘We drive to work, then go to the gym to walk on a treadmill.’
      • ‘The 32-year-old physics graduate got the idea about five years ago because he found cardiovascular training on bikes and treadmills boring.’
      • ‘For exercise, each subject walked on a treadmill at a rate sufficient to achieve a minute ventilation that was approximately 3 times his or her resting rate.’
      • ‘In a study he helped conduct, published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, women who exercised in groups were more likely to continue working out than women who exercised alone on treadmills.’
      • ‘Specials also extend to exercise equipment, with exercise bikes and small treadmills available for under $35 and home gym sets from under $450.’
      • ‘It's a good thing I've been walking on the treadmill at the Y, because the hike from the house to the mailbox was about a mile and a half.’
      • ‘I walked on the treadmill for an average of 33 minutes on seven of the eight days I was gone and also managed a few hikes in the heat, so that was a good thing.’
    2. 1.2 A job or situation that is tiring or boring and from which it is hard to escape:
      ‘the soulless treadmill of urban existence’
      • ‘In 1995, his second book, Ocean of Sound, provided a handy escape from the journalistic treadmill.’
      • ‘She's working hard on the promotional treadmill, and we're confident about her future.’
      • ‘New to Scotland, the classes are being booked up by people who have grown tired of the treadmill and are taking up tassels instead.’
      • ‘While debt relief has been extremely effective, it is not sufficient to allow poor countries escape the treadmill of borrowing to repay old loans.’
      • ‘The festival was an outcry against everyday life and a short escape from the treadmill of the work-eat-sleep regime.’