tread

tread
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, along, across, over, etc.
2. to do or follow by walking, dancing, etc. [treading the measures briskly]
3. to press or beat with the feet so as to crush or injure; trample
4. to oppress or subdue, as if by stepping on
5. to copulate with (the female): said of a bird
vi.
1. to move on foot; step; walk
2. to set one's foot (on, across, etc.); make a step; step
3. to trample (on or upon)
4. to copulate: said of birds
n.
1. the act, manner, or sound of treading
2. something on which a person or thing treads or moves, as the part of a shoe sole, wheel, etc. that touches the ground, the endless belt over cogged wheels of a tractor or tank, the part of a rail on which a car wheel runs, or the horizontal surface of a step in a stairway: see STAIRCASE
3.
a) the thick outer layer of an automotive tire, containing grooves for added traction
b) the thickness of this layer, as measured by the depth of the grooves
c) the pattern of the grooves
4. TRACK (n. 9)
5. Rare a footprint
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tread the boards
to act in plays on the stage
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tread water pt. & pp. now usually TREADED
1. Swimming to keep the head above water and the body upright without propelling oneself forward, by moving the legs and arms back and forth
2. to make no progress

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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 — 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

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