noun Date: 1822 1. a. a mill worked by persons treading on steps on the periphery of a wide wheel having a horizontal axis and used formerly in prison punishment b. a mill worked by an animal treading an endless belt c. a device having an endless belt on which an individual walks or runs in place for exercise or physiological testing 2. a wearisome or monotonous routine resembling continued activity on a treadmill <
the office treadmill

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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