from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense and a past participle of tread.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past of tread.
  • v. To walk heavily or laboriously; plod; tread

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of tread.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Trampled; crushed; hence, insulted; degraded: much used in composition with an adverbial element: as, down-trodden.
  • n. Tread; tramp; track.


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  • And nightly I did return; my feet again trod the daisied meadows of England; the song of her birds was in my ears; I wept with delight to find myself once more wandering beneath the fragrant shade of her green hedge-rows; and I awoke to weep in earnest when I found it but a dream.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • In life, the camel with no name trod the sands of the Middle East.

  • Since his retirement two years ago, Ted has "trod" in his mother's footsteps in still another way: He has been writing essays and personal vignettes.


  • After traveling up the upper Potomac on “the worst road that ever was trod by man or beast” on March 21, there followed two days of heavy rain.

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  • But both regimes are big favorites of the United States, and in choosing whom to indict, in Congo and elsewhere, the ICC has trod carefully to avoid antagonizing the U.S.

    The Trial of Thomas Lubanga

  • Thus, if you think you might like a book that requires a different kind of reading from you, reading that asks you to avoid the paths of comprehension you've always trod, by all means read West Virginia.

    Experimental Fiction

  • I was wondering if all you haters ever have a pleasant thought as you trod through your miserable hate filled lives?

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  • Although Mr. Hallyday—known here simply as Johnny—has lent his arresting lupine presence to dozens of films, this is the first time he's trod the boards.

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  • He trod a path that few have trod, did Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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  • It was not the sort of book that a psychological researcher following the well-trod path to academic success would take on.

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