Definitions for: Tread


[n] a step in walking or running
[n] structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step
[n] the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground
[v] brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
[v] mate with, of male birds
[v] crush as if by treading on, as of grapes
[v] tread or stomp heavily or roughly; "The soldiers trampled across the fields"
[v] put down the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"
[v] apply (the tread) to a tire



Webster (1913) Definition: 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, and perhaps ultimately to F. tramp; cf. Gr. ? a
running, Skr. dram to run. Cf. Trade, Tramp, Trot.]
1. To set the foot; to step.

Where'er you tread, the blushing flowers shall rise.
--Pope.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. --Pope.

The hard stone Under our feet, on which we tread and
go. --Chaucer.

2. To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a
cautious step.

Ye that . . . stately tread, or lowly creep.
--Milton.

3. To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males. --Shak.

To tread on or upon.
(a) To trample; to set the foot on in contempt. ``Thou
shalt tread upon their high places.'' --Deut. xxxiii.
29.
(b) to follow closely. ``Year treads on year.''
--Wordsworth.

To tread upon the heels of, to follow close upon.
``Dreadful consequences that tread upon the heels of those
allowances to sin.'' --Milton.

One woe doth tread upon another's heel. --Shak.


Tread, v. t.
1. To step or walk on.

Forbid to tread the promised land he saw. --Prior.

Methought she trod the ground with greater grace.
--Dryden.

2. To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to
tread land when too light; a well-trodden path.

3. To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, or the
like. `` I am resolved to forsake Malta, tread a
pilgrimage to fair Jerusalem.'' --Beau. & Fl.

They have measured many a mile, To tread a measure
with you on this grass. --Shak.

4. To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred;
to subdue.

Through thy name will we tread them under that rise
up against us. --Ps. xliv. 5.

5. To copulate with; to feather; to cover; -- said of the
male bird. --Chaucer.

To tread out, to press out with the feet; to press out, as
wine or wheat; as, to tread out grain with cattle or
horses.

To tread the stage, to act as a stageplayer; to perform a
part in a drama.


Tread, n.
1. A step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep;
as, a nimble tread; a cautious tread.

She is coming, my own, my sweet; Were it ever so
airy a tread, My heart would hear her and beat.
--Tennyson.

2. Manner or style of stepping; action; gait; as, the horse
has a good tread.

3. Way; track; path. [R.] --Shak.

4. The act of copulation in birds.

5. (Arch.) The upper horizontal part of a step, on which the
foot is placed.

6. (Fort.) The top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand
to fire over the parapet.

7. (Mach.)
(a) The part of a wheel that bears upon the road or rail.
(b) The part of a rail upon which car wheels bear.

8. (Biol.) The chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle.

9. (Far.) A bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle
of a horse that interferes. See Interfere, 3.

Synonyms: pace, step, stride, trample

See Also: apply, brace, contact, copulate, couple, crush, give, go, locomote, mash, mate, move, pair, squash, squeeze, squelch, stair, step, step, step on, structural member, tangency, tire, travel, tread on, treadle, tyre, walk, walk, walking

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