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Meaning of TREAD

Pronunciation:  tred

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a step in walking or running
  2. [n]  structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step
  3. [n]  the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground
  4. [v]  brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
  5. [v]  mate with, of male birds
  6. [v]  crush as if by treading on, as of grapes
  7. [v]  tread or stomp heavily or roughly; "The soldiers trampled across the fields"
  8. [v]  put down the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"
  9. [v]  apply (the tread) to a tire

TREAD is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: pace, step, stride, trample
 See Also: apply, brace, contact, copulate, couple, crush, give, go, locomote, mash, mate, move, pair, squash, squeeze, squelch, stair, step, step, step on, structural member, tangency, tire, travel, tread on, treadle, tyre, walk, walk, walking



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tread\, v. i. [imp. {Trod}; p. p. {Trodden}, {Trod}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Treading}.] [OE. treden, AS. tredan; akin to
    OFries. treda, OS. tredan, D. & LG. treden, G. treten, OHG.
    tretan, Icel. tro?a, Sw. tr[*a]da, tr["a]da, Dan. tr[ae]de,
    Goth. trudan, and perhaps ultimately to F. tramp; cf. Gr. ? a
    running, Skr. dram to run. Cf. {Trade}, {Tramp}, {Trot}.]
    1. To set the foot; to step.
             Where'er you tread, the blushing flowers shall rise.
             Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. --Pope.
             The hard stone Under our feet, on which we tread and
             go.                                   --Chaucer.
    2. To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a
       cautious step.
             Ye that . . . stately tread, or lowly creep.
    3. To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males. --Shak.
    {To tread on} or {upon}.
       (a) To trample; to set the foot on in contempt. ``Thou
           shalt tread upon their high places.'' --Deut. xxxiii.
       (b) to follow closely. ``Year treads on year.''
    {To tread upon the heels of}, to follow close upon.
       ``Dreadful consequences that tread upon the heels of those
       allowances to sin.'' --Milton.
             One woe doth tread upon another's heel. --Shak.
  2. \Tread\, v. t.
    1. To step or walk on.
             Forbid to tread the promised land he saw. --Prior.
             Methought she trod the ground with greater grace.
    2. To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to
       tread land when too light; a well-trodden path.
    3. To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, or the
       like. `` I am resolved to forsake Malta, tread a
       pilgrimage to fair Jerusalem.'' --Beau. & Fl.
             They have measured many a mile, To tread a measure
             with you on this grass.               --Shak.
    4. To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred;
       to subdue.
             Through thy name will we tread them under that rise
             up against us.                        --Ps. xliv. 5.
    5. To copulate with; to feather; to cover; -- said of the
       male bird. --Chaucer.
    {To tread out}, to press out with the feet; to press out, as
       wine or wheat; as, to tread out grain with cattle or
    {To tread the stage}, to act as a stageplayer; to perform a
       part in a drama.
  3. \Tread\, n.
    1. A step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep;
       as, a nimble tread; a cautious tread.
             She is coming, my own, my sweet; Were it ever so
             airy a tread, My heart would hear her and beat.
    2. Manner or style of stepping; action; gait; as, the horse
       has a good tread.
    3. Way; track; path. [R.] --Shak.
    4. The act of copulation in birds.
    5. (Arch.) The upper horizontal part of a step, on which the
       foot is placed.
    6. (Fort.) The top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand
       to fire over the parapet.
    7. (Mach.)
       (a) The part of a wheel that bears upon the road or rail.
       (b) The part of a rail upon which car wheels bear.
    8. (Biol.) The chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle.
    9. (Far.) A bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle
       of a horse that interferes. See {Interfere}, 3.