- 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.
transitive verbtrod, treaded, trodden, trod, treaded, treading
- 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 of treadMiddle 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 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
verbtrod trod or treaded, trod·den or trod or treaded, tread·ing, treads
- To walk on, over, or along: tread the pavement.
- To press beneath the feet; trample: dirt that was trodden into the rug.
- To treat unjustly or harshly; oppress: people who were trodden down by tyrants.
- 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.
- a. To trample something. Used with on or upon: Don't tread on the new grass.b. To treat someone or something unjustly or harshly. Used with on or upon: a regime treading upon the rights of the citizens.
- 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 ridged belts with which bulldozers, tanks, and certain other vehicles move over the ground.
Origin of treadMiddle English treden, from Old English tredan.
(third-person singular simple present treads, present participle treading, simple past and past participle trod, tread or trodden)
- (intransitive) To step or walk (on or over something); to trample.
- He trod back and forth wearily.
- Don't tread on the lawn.
- To step or walk upon.
- Actors tread the boards.
- To beat or press with the feet.
- to tread a path; to tread land when too light; a well-trodden path
- To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, etc.
- To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred; to subdue.
- (intransitive) To copulate; said of (especially male) birds.
- (of a male bird) To copulate with.
- Simple past tense and past participle of tread.
- "Treaded" is not commonly used in the UK and is less common in the US as well. It is apparently used more often in tread water.
- Tread is sometimes used as a past and past participle, especially in the US.
From Middle English treden, from Old English tredan (â€œto tread, step on, trample, traverse, pass over, enter upon, roam through â€), from Proto-Germanic *tredanÄ…, *trudanÄ…. Cognate with West Frisian trÃªdzje, Low German treden, Dutch treden, German treten, Danish trÃ¦de, Swedish trÃ¤da, Norwegian treda.
- A step.
- A manner of stepping.
- The grooves carved into the face of a tire, used to give the tire traction. [from 1900s]
- The grooves on the bottom of a shoe or other footwear, used to give grip or traction.
- The horizontal part of a step in a flight of stairs.
- The sound made when someone or something is walking.
- (biology) The chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle.
- The act of copulation in birds.
- (fortification) The top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand to fire over the parapet.
- A bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle of a horse that interferes, or strikes its feet together.
From the above verb.