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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tread \Tread\, verb (used without an object) [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[aum]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 {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.

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tread \Tread\, verb (used with an object)

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tread \Tread\, noun

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a step in walking or running [syn: {pace}, {stride}, {tread}]

2: the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire

3: the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground

4: structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step


1: put down or press the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake" [syn: {step}, {tread}]

2: tread or stomp heavily or roughly; "The soldiers trampled across the fields" [syn: {tread}, {trample}]

3: crush as if by treading on; "tread grapes to make wine"

4: brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center

5: apply (the tread) to a tire

6: mate with; "male birds tread the females"

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