American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To walk on, over, or along.
- v. To press beneath the feet; trample.
- v. To subdue harshly or cruelly; crush.
- v. To form by walking or trampling: tread a path.
- v. To execute by walking or dancing: tread a measure.
- v. To copulate with. Used of a male bird.
- v. To go on foot; walk.
- v. To set down the foot; step.
- v. To press, crush, or injure something by or as if by trampling. Often used with on or upon: trod on her feelings.
- v. To copulate. Used of birds.
- n. The act, manner, or sound of treading.
- n. An instance of treading; a step.
- n. A mark made by treading, as in snow.
- n. The upper horizontal part of a step in a staircase.
- n. The part of a wheel or tire that makes contact with the road or rails.
- n. The grooved face of a tire.
- n. The part of a shoe sole that touches the ground.
- n. Either of the continuous metal belts with which bulldozers, tanks, and certain other vehicles move over the ground.
- idiom. tread the boards To act on the stage: "We who tread the boards are not the only players of parts in this world” ( John Fowles).
- idiom. tread water To keep the head above water while in an upright position by pumping the legs.
- idiom. tread water To expend effort but make little or no progress to achievement of a goal or an end.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To form puddles under the tread of horses: said of the ground.
- n. Any horizontal element in a floor upon which the walker treads or presses, and so gives an alarm or makes a signal.
- To set the foot down, as on the ground.
- To press or be put down on or as on the ground.
- To walk; step; especially, to walk with a more or less stately, measured, or cautious step.
- To copulate, as birds: said especially of a cock-bird.
- To follow closely.
- To step or walk on.
- To beat or press with the feet: as, a well-trodden path.
- To crush under the foot; trample in contempt or hatred.
- To dance.
- To walk.
- To copulate with or cover, as a bird.
- To destroy, extinguish, or obliterate by or as by treading or trampling.
- n. A step or stepping; footing; pressure with the foot.
- n. Way; track; path. See trade, n. 2.
- n. Copulation, as of birds.
- n. The cicatricula of an egg: so called from the former erroneous belief that it appeared only in fecundated eggs laid by the hen after the tread of the cock. Compare treadle.
- n. Manner of stepping: as, a horse with a good tread.
- n. The flat or horizontal part of a step or stair; a tread-board.
- n. The length of a ship's keel.
- n. The bearing surface of a wheel or of a runner on a road or rail.
- n. The part of a rail on which the wheels bear.
- n. The part of a stilt on which the foot rests.
- n. That part of the sole of a boot or shoe which touches the ground in walking.
- n. The top of the banquette of a fortification, on which soldiers stand to fire.
- n. The upper side of the bed of a lathe between the head-stock and the back-center.
- n. The width from pedal to pedal of a bicycle.
- n. A wound on the coronet of a horse's foot, produced by the shoe of either hind or fore foot of the opposite side.
- n. A step.
- n. A manner of stepping.
- n. The grooves on the bottom of a shoe or other footwear, used to give grip or traction.
- n. The horizontal part of a step in a flight of stairs
- n. The sound made when someone or something is walking.
- v. intransitive To step or walk (on or over something); to trample.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of tread.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To set the foot; to step.
- v. To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step.
- v. To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males.
- v. To step or walk on.
- v. To beat or press with the feet.
- v. To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, or the like.
- v. To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred; to subdue.
- v. To copulate with; to feather; to cover; -- said of the male bird.
- n. A step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep; ; a cautious
- n. Manner or style of stepping; action; gait.
- n. rare Way; track; path.
- n. The act of copulation in birds.
- n. (Arch.) The upper horizontal part of a step, on which the foot is placed.
- n. (Fort.) The top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand to fire over the parapet.
- n. The part of a wheel that bears upon the road or rail.
- n. The part of a rail upon which car wheels bear.
- n. (Biol.) The chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle.
- n. (Far.) A bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle of a horse that interferes. See Interfere, 3.
- n. the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire
- v. apply (the tread) to a tire
- v. mate with
- v. put down or press the foot, place the foot
- n. the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground
- n. structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step
- n. a step in walking or running
- v. tread or stomp heavily or roughly
- v. brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
- v. crush as if by treading on
- From Middle English treden, from Old English tredan ("to tread, step on, trample, traverse, pass over, enter upon, roam through "), from Proto-Germanic *tredanan, *trudanan. Cognate with Dutch treden, German treten, Danish træde, Swedish träda, Norwegian treda. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English treden, from Old English tredan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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