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, 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. [1913 Webster]

Where'er you tread, the blushing flowers shall rise. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The hard stone Under our feet, on which we tread and go. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step. [1913 Webster]

Ye that . . . stately tread, or lowly creep. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To tread on} or {To tread 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. [1913 Webster]

One woe doth tread upon another's heel. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • 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 — 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

  • Tread — The tread of a tire or caterpillar track refers to the rubber on its circumference that makes contact with the road. As tires are used, the tread is worn down limiting their effectiveness in providing traction. A worn tire tread can be replaced… …   Wikipedia

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