I. verb (trod; also treaded; trodden or trod; treading) Etymology: Middle English treden, from Old English tredan; akin to Old High German tretan to tread Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to step or walk on or over b. to walk or proceed along ; follow <
treading a fine line between tradition and innovation
2. a. to beat or press with the feet ; trample b. to subdue or repress as if by trampling ; crush 3. to copulate with — used of a male bird 4. a. to form by treading ; beat <
tread a path
b. to execute by stepping or dancing <
tread a measure
intransitive verb 1. to move or proceed on or as if on foot <
must tread lightly
2. a. to set foot <
has gone where others fear to tread
b. to put one's foot ; step <
carelessly treading on the flowers
3. copulatetreader noun II. noun Date: 13th century 1. a mark (as a footprint or the imprint of a tire) made by or as if by treading 2. a. (1) the action of treading (2) an act or instance of treading ; step b. manner of stepping c. the sound of treading 3. a. the part of a shoe or boot sole that touches the ground; also the pattern on the bottom of a sole b. (1) the part of a wheel or tire that makes contact with a road or rail (2) the pattern of ridges or grooves made or cut in the face of a tire 4. the distance between the points of contact with the ground of the two front wheels or the two rear wheels of a vehicle 5. a. the upper horizontal part of a step b. the width of such a tread • treadless adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 — 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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”