- Tread is defined as to step on or over or to stay afloat in water.
- An example of tread is to walk through muddy ground.
- An example of tread is to move your legs so you will not sink in a pool.
tread definition by Webster's New World
- to walk on, in, along, across, over, etc.
- to do or follow by walking, dancing, etc.: treading the measures briskly
- to press or beat with the feet so as to crush or injure; trample
- to oppress or subdue, as if by stepping on
- to copulate with (the female): said of a bird
Origin: Middle English treden ; from Old English tredan, akin to German treten ; from Indo-European an unverified form dreu- ; from base an unverified form drā, to run, step from source trap
- to move on foot; step; walk
- to set one's foot (on, across, etc.); make a step; step
- to trample (on or upon)
- to copulate: said of birds
- the act, manner, or sound of treading
- 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
- the thick outer layer of an automotive tire, containing grooves for added traction
- the thickness of this layer, as measured by the depth of the grooves
- the pattern of the grooves
- track ()
- Rare a footprint
tread definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb trod trod , trod·den or trod, tread·ing, treads verb, transitive
- To walk on, over, or along.
- To press beneath the feet; trample.
- To subdue harshly or cruelly; crush.
- To form by walking or trampling: tread a path.
- To execute by walking or dancing: tread a measure.
- To copulate with. Used of a male bird.
- a. To go on foot; walk.b. To set down the foot; step.
- To press, crush, or injure something by or as if by trampling. Often used with on or upon: trod on her feelings.
- To copulate. Used of birds.
- a. The act, manner, or sound of treading.b. An instance of treading; a step.c. A mark made by treading, as in snow.
- The upper horizontal part of a step in a staircase.
- a. The part of a wheel or tire that makes contact with the road or rails.b. The grooved face of a tire.
- The part of a shoe sole that touches the ground.
- Either of the continuous metal belts with which bulldozers, tanks, and certain other vehicles move over the ground.
Origin: Middle English treden, from Old English tredan.
- treadˈless adjective
tread - Phrases/Idioms
tread the boards
- Swimming to keep the head above water and the body upright without propelling oneself forward, by moving the legs and arms back and forth
- to make no progress
tread the boards
- To keep the head above water while in an upright position by pumping the legs.
- To expend effort but make little or no progress to achievement of a goal or an end.