- 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 (“to tread, step on, trample, traverse, pass over, enter upon, roam through "), 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.