trodden definition by Webster's New World
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transitive verb, intransitive verb
trodden definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A past participle of tread.
Variant of tread
transitive verb trod, 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: 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