tread


tread
treader, n.
/tred/, v., trod, trodden or trod, treading, n.
v.i.
1. to set down the foot or feet in walking; step; walk.
2. to step, walk, or trample so as to press, crush, or injure something (usually fol. by on or upon): to tread on a person's foot.
3. (of a male bird) to copulate.
v.t.
4. to step or walk on, about, in, or along.
5. to trample or crush underfoot.
6. to form by the action of walking or trampling: to tread a path.
7. to treat with disdainful harshness or cruelty; crush; oppress.
8. to perform by walking or dancing: to tread a measure.
9. (of a male bird) to copulate with (a female bird).
10. tread on someone's toes or corns, to offend or irritate someone.
11. tread the boards, to act on the stage, esp. professionally: He recalled the days when he had trod the boards.
12. tread water,
a. Swimming. to maintain the body erect in the water with the head above the surface usually by a pumping up-and-down movement of the legs and sometimes the arms.
b. Slang. to make efforts that maintain but do not further one's status, progress, or performance: He's just treading water here until he can find another job.
n.
13. the action of treading, stepping, or walking.
14. the sound of footsteps.
15. manner of treading or walking.
16. a single step as in walking.
17. any of various things or parts on which a person or thing treads, stands, or moves.
18. the part of the under surface of the foot or of a shoe that touches the ground.
19. the horizontal upper surface of a step in a stair, on which the foot is placed.
20. the part of a wheel, tire, or runner that bears on the road, rail, etc. See diag. under tire2.
21. the pattern raised on or cut into the face of a rubber tire.
22. See caterpillar tread.
23. Railroads. that part of a rail in contact with the treads of wheels.
[bef. 900; (v.) ME treden, OE tredan; c. OFris treda, OS tredan, D treden, G treten; akin to ON trotha, Goth trudan; (n.) ME tred footprint, deriv. of the v.]

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  • Tread — Tread, v. i. [imp. {Trod}; p. p. {Trodden}, {Trod}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Treading}.] [OE. treden, AS. tredan; akin to OFries. treda, OS. tredan, D. & LG. treden, G. treten, OHG. tretan, Icel. tro?a, Sw. tr[*a]da, tr[ a]da, Dan. tr[ae]de, Goth. trudan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tread — Tread, v. t. 1. To step or walk on. [1913 Webster] Forbid to tread the promised land he saw. Prior. [1913 Webster] Methought she trod the ground with greater grace. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tread — Tread, n. 1. A step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep; as, a nimble tread; a cautious tread. [1913 Webster] She is coming, my own, my sweet; Were it ever so airy a tread, My heart would hear her and beat. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tread — ► VERB (past trod; past part. trodden or trod) 1) walk in a specified way. 2) press down or crush with the feet. 3) walk on or along. ► NOUN 1) a manner or the sound of walking …   English terms dictionary

  • tread — [tred] vt. TROD or (in tread water: see phr. below) treaded, trodden or trod or (in tread water) treaded, treading, trod [ME treden < OE tredan, akin to Ger treten < IE * dreu < base * drā, to run, step > TRAP1] 1. to walk on, in,… …   English World dictionary

  • tread — tread; tread·er; un·tread; …   English syllables

  • tread — [n] walk footstep, footsteps, gait, march, pace, step, stride, trace, track, tramp; concepts 149,284 tread [v] walk; bear down ambulate, crush, foot, hike, hoof, march, oppress, pace, plod, quell, repress, squash, stamp, stamp on, step, step on,… …   New thesaurus

  • tread — index perambulate, step Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tread on — index mistreat, spurn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tread — tread1 [tred] v past tense trod [trɔd US tra:d] past participle trodden [ˈtrɔdn US ˈtra:dn] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(step in/on)¦ 2 tread carefully/warily/cautiously etc 3¦(crush)¦ 4 tread a path 5 tread water 6¦(walk)¦ 7 tread the boards ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tread — [[t]tre̱d[/t]] treads, treading, trod, trodden 1) VERB If you tread on something, you put your foot on it when you are walking or standing. [V on n] Oh, sorry, I didn t mean to tread on your foot... [V on n] I had white rugs on the floor, but… …   English dictionary