Definitions for treadtrɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

treadtrɛd(v.)trod, trod•den; trod, tread•ing

  1. (v.i.)to set down the foot or feet in walking; step; walk.

  2. to step or walk, esp. so as to press, crush, or injure something; trample (usu. fol. by on or upon).

  3. (of a male bird) to copulate.

    Category: Ornithology

  4. (v.t.)to step or walk on, about, in, or along.

  5. to trample or crush underfoot.

  6. to form by the action of walking or trampling:

    to tread a path.

  7. to treat with disdainful harshness or cruelty; crush; oppress.

  8. to perform by walking or dancing:

    to tread a measure.

  9. (of a male bird) to copulate with (a female bird).

    Category: Ornithology

  10. (n.)the action of treading.

  11. the sound of footsteps.

  12. manner of treading or walking.

  13. a single step.

  14. any of various things or parts on which a person or thing treads, stands, or moves.

  15. the horizontal upper surface of a step in a stair.

  16. the part of a wheel, tire, or runner that bears on the road, rail, etc.

    Category: Automotive, Transportation

  17. the pattern raised on or cut into the face of a rubber tire.

    Category: Automotive, Transportation

  18. the part of a rail in contact with the treads of wheels.

    Category: Railroads

  19. the part of the undersurface of the foot or of a shoe that touches the ground.

Idioms for tread:

  1. tread on someone's toes, to offend or irritate someone.

    Category: Idiom

  2. tread water, to maintain the body erect in the water with the head above the surface, usu. by a pumping movement of the legs and sometimes the arms. to maintain one's position without making any progress.

    Category: Idiom, Sport

Origin of tread:

bef. 900; ME treden (v.), OE tredan, c. OHG tretan; akin to ON trotha, Go trudan


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pace, stride, tread(noun)

    a step in walking or running

  2. tread(noun)

    the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire

  3. tread(noun)

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

  4. tread(verb)

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

  5. step, tread(verb)

    put down or press the foot, place the foot

    "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake"

  6. tread, trample(verb)

    tread or stomp heavily or roughly

    "The soldiers trampled across the fields"

  7. tread(verb)

    crush as if by treading on

    "tread grapes to make wine"

  8. tread(verb)

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

  9. tread(verb)

    apply (the tread) to a tire

  10. tread(verb)

    mate with

    "male birds tread the females"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tread(verb)ɛd

    to put your foot down on sth

    Be careful where you tread.; The kids trod on all the flowers.

  2. treadɛd

    to take great care, especially so as not to upset sb

    We tread very carefully when it comes to talking about her marriage.

  3. treadɛd

    to move your arms and legs around to make yourself stay afloat in water

    new swimmers learning how to tread water


  1. tread(Noun)

    The grooves carved into the face of a tire, used to give the tire traction.

  2. tread(Noun)

    The grooves on the bottom of a shoe or other footwear, used to give grip or traction.

  3. tread(Noun)

    The horizontal part of a step in a flight of stairs

  4. tread(Noun)

    The sound made when someone or something is walking.

  5. tread(Verb)

    To step or walk (on or over something); to trample.

  6. Origin: From treden, from tredan, from tredanan. Cognate with Dutch treden, German treten, Danish træde, Swedish träda, Norwegian treda.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tread(verb)

    to set the foot; to step

  2. Tread(verb)

    to walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step

  3. Tread(verb)

    to copulate; said of birds, esp. the males

  4. Tread(verb)

    to step or walk on

  5. Tread(verb)

    to beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to tread land when too light; a well-trodden path

  6. Tread(verb)

    to go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, or the like

  7. Tread(verb)

    to crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred; to subdue

  8. Tread(verb)

    to copulate with; to feather; to cover; -- said of the male bird

  9. Tread(noun)

    a step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep; as, a nimble tread; a cautious tread

  10. Tread(noun)

    manner or style of stepping; action; gait; as, the horse has a good tread

  11. Tread(noun)

    way; track; path

  12. Tread(noun)

    the act of copulation in birds

  13. Tread(noun)

    the upper horizontal part of a step, on which the foot is placed

  14. Tread(noun)

    the top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand to fire over the parapet

  15. Tread(noun)

    the part of a wheel that bears upon the road or rail

  16. Tread(noun)

    the part of a rail upon which car wheels bear

  17. Tread(noun)

    the chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle

  18. Tread(noun)

    a bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle of a horse that interferes. See Interfere, 3


  1. Tread

    The tread of a tire or track refers to the patterns on its rubber circumference that makes contact with the road. As tires are used, the tread is worn off, limiting its effectiveness in providing traction. A worn tire tread can often be retreaded.

Anagrams of tread

  1. adret, dater, derat, drate, rated, tared, trade

Translations for tread

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a way of walking or putting one's feet

I heard his heavy tread.

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