Treadmill
A machine with a moving strip on which one walks without moving forward. A treadmill was originally a wide wheel turned by the weight of people climbing on steps around its edge, used in the past to provide power for machines or as a punishment in prisons. The treadmill today serves as a device to maintain physical fitness. It is an essential component of the exercise treadmill test (sometimes simply called a treadmill test or exercise test).

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tread·mill 'tred-.mil n a device having an endless belt on which an individual walks or runs in place that is used for exercise and in tests of physiological functions see STRESS TEST

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