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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pace, stride, treadnoun

    a step in walking or running

  2. treadnoun

    the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire

  3. treadnoun

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

  4. treadverb

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

  5. step, treadverb

    put down or press the foot, place the foot

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

  6. tread, trampleverb

    tread or stomp heavily or roughly

    "The soldiers trampled across the fields"

  7. treadverb

    crush as if by treading on

    "tread grapes to make wine"

  8. treadverb

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

  9. treadverb

    apply (the tread) to a tire

  10. treadverb

    mate with

    "male birds tread the females"


  1. treadnoun

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

  2. treadnoun

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

  3. treadnoun

    The horizontal part of a step in a flight of stairs

  4. treadnoun

    The sound made when someone or something is walking.

  5. treadverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Treadnoun

    Footing; step with the foot.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    If the streets were pav’d with thine eyes,
    Her feet were much too dainty for such tread. William Shakespeare.

    The quaint mazes in the wanton green,
    For want of tread, are undistinguishable. John Milton.

    High above the ground
    Their march was, and the passive air upbore
    Their nimble tread. John Milton.

    The dancer on the rope, with doubtful tread,
    Gets wherewithal to cloath and buy him bread. John Dryden.

    How wert thou wont to walk with cautious tread,
    A dish of tea, like milk-pail, on thy head! Jonathan Swift.

    Cromwell is the king’s secretary: further,
    Stands in the gap and tread for more preferment. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Treadverb

    Would I had never trod this English earth,
    Or felt the flatteries that grow upon it! William Shakespeare.

    He dy’d obedient to severest law;
    Forbid to tread the promis’d land he saw. Matthew Prior.

    Tread the snuff out on the floor to prevent stinking. Jonathan Swift.

    Full of briars is this working world.
    —— They are but burs: if we walk not in the trodden paths, our very petticoats will catch them. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Methought she trod the ground with greater grace. Dry.

    Through thy name will we tread them under that rise against us. Psal. xliv. 5.

    Why was I rais’d the meteor of the world,
    Hung in the skies, and blazing as I travell’d,
    ’Till all my fires were spent; and then cast downward
    To be trod out by Cæsar? John Dryden, All for Love.

    They tread their wine-presses and suffer thirst. Job xxiv.

    He feather’d her and trod her. John Dryden, Fables.

  3. To Treadverb

    pret. trod. part. pass. trodden.

    Etymology: trudan, Gothick; tredan , Saxon; treden, Dutch.

    He ne’er drinks,
    But Timon’s silver treads upon his lip. William Shakespeare.

    Those which perfume the air most, being trodden upon and crushed, are burnet, wild thyme, and water mint; therefore set whole alleys of them, to have the pleasure when you walk or tread. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Those dropping gums
    Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease. John Milton.

    Where’er you tread the blushing flow’rs shall rise. Alexander Pope.

    Must, as a foreign recreant, be led
    With manacles along our street, or else
    Triumphantly tread on thy country’s ruin,
    And bear the palm. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Thou shalt tread upon their high places. Deut. xxxiii. 29.

    When he walks, he moves like an engine,
    And the ground shrinks before his treading. William Shakespeare.

    Ye that stately tread or lowly creep. John Milton.

    When shepherds pipe on oaten straws;
    When turtles tread William Shakespeare.

    What distance between the treading or coupling, and the laying of the egg? Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    They bill, they tread, Alcyone compress’d,
    Seven days sits brooding on her floating nest. Dryden.


  1. tread

    Tread refers to the pattern of grooves on the surface of tires, shoes or other items that come in contact with the ground to provide traction and prevent slipping. It can also refer to the act of walking or stepping on a surface. In a broader sense, it may also refer to the manner or pattern of action or behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Treadverb

    to set the foot; to step

  2. Treadverb

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

  3. Treadverb

    to copulate; said of birds, esp. the males

  4. Treadverb

    to step or walk on

  5. Treadverb

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

  6. Treadverb

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

  7. Treadverb

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

  8. Treadverb

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

  9. Treadnoun

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

  10. Treadnoun

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

  11. Treadnoun

    way; track; path

  12. Treadnoun

    the act of copulation in birds

  13. Treadnoun

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

  14. Treadnoun

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

  15. Treadnoun

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

  16. Treadnoun

    the part of a rail upon which car wheels bear

  17. Treadnoun

    the chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle

  18. Treadnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tread

    tred, v.i. to set the foot down: to walk or go: to copulate, as fowls.—v.t. to walk on: to press with the foot: to trample in contempt: to subdue:—pa.t. trod; pa.p. trod or trod′den.n. pressure with the foot: a step, way of stepping.—ns. Tread′er; Tread′ing; Tread′le, Tred′dle, the part of any machine which the foot moves.—vs.i. to work a treadle.—ns. Tread′ler; Tread′ling; Tread′-mill, a mill in which a rotary motion is produced by the weight of a person or persons treading or stepping from one to another of the steps of a cylindrical wheel, used chiefly as an instrument of prison discipline; Tread′-wheel, a form of tread-mill with steps on its exterior surface, by treading on which the wheel is turned.—Tread down, to trample to destruction; Tread in one's footsteps, or steps, to follow one's example; Tread on, or upon, to trample with contempt: to come close after; Tread on one's toes, to give offence to one; Tread on, or upon, the heels of, to follow close after; Tread out, to press out with the feet: to extinguish; Tread underfoot, to treat with scorn: to destroy. [A.S. tredan; Ice. trodha, Ger. treten.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tread

    In fortification, the tread of a banquette is the upper and flat surface on which the soldier stands whilst firing over the parapet.

Editors Contribution

  1. Tread

    To step on

    Submitted by anonymous on October 26, 2021  

Anagrams for tread »

  1. adret

  2. dater

  3. derat

  4. drate

  5. rated

  6. tared

  7. trade

  8. detar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tread in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tread in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of tread in a Sentence

  1. Neil Shearing:

    Certainly, a lot of the panic has subsided in the past month or so, there is growing acknowledgement that the Fed will tread carefully and second, there have been some local positive developments ... the oil price stabilisation has also helped.

  2. William Butler Yeates:

    Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

  3. W. B. Yeats:

    But I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

  4. William Butler Yeats:

    But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

  5. Michael Cohen:

    I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we're in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don't have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know, so I'm warning you, tread very f---ing lightly, because what I'm going to do to you is going to be f---ing disgusting. You understand me?

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