- a simple past tense and past participle of tread.
- to set down the foot or feet in walking; step; walk.
- to step, walk, or trample so as to press, crush, or injure something (usually followed by on or upon): to tread on a person's foot.
- (of a male bird) to copulate.
- to step or walk on, about, in, or along.
- to trample or crush underfoot.
- to form by the action of walking or trampling: to tread a path.
- to treat with disdainful harshness or cruelty; crush; oppress.
- to perform by walking or dancing: to tread a measure.
- (of a male bird) to copulate with (a female bird).
- the action of treading, stepping, or walking.
- the sound of footsteps.
- manner of treading or walking.
- a single step as in walking.
- any of various things or parts on which a person or thing treads, stands, or moves.
- the part of the under surface of the foot or of a shoe that touches the ground.
- the horizontal upper surface of a step in a stair, on which the foot is placed.
- the part of a wheel, tire, or runner that bears on the road, rail, etc.
- the pattern raised on or cut into the face of a rubber tire.
- Also caterpillar tread. a metal tread on which a Caterpillar-style vehicle moves.
- Railroads. that part of a rail in contact with the treads of wheels.
- tread on someone's toes/corns, to offend or irritate someone.
- tread the boards, to act on the stage, especially professionally: He recalled the days when he had trod the boards.
- tread water,
- Swimming.to maintain the body erect in the water with the head above the surface usually by a pumping up-and-down movement of the legs and sometimes the arms.
- Slang.to make efforts that maintain but do not further one's status, progress, or performance: He's just treading water here until he can find another job.
Origin of tread
Related Words for trodtrample, squash, traipse, march, subdue, stride, stamp, hike, trudge, ambulate, plod, repress, crush, pace, step, tramp, quell, foot, subjugate, hoof
Examples from the Web for trod
Contemporary Examples of trod
I looked with awe at the ground I trod on, to see what the Powers had made there, the form and fashion and material of their work.Book Bag: Paul Theroux’s Favorite Inner-Journey Travel Books
May 14, 2013
Ensuring more diverse images of women in the worlds of both music and media was a path Latifah decided to trod long ago.Queen Latifah Talks About the ‘Steel Magnolias’ Remake and the Importance of Diversity
October 7, 2012
Since graduating from Simmons College as a business major in 1958, Ruth had trod a conventional path.The Tragic Life of Barack Obama’s Father
Sally H. Jacobs
July 10, 2011
In any case, recent events had got me wondering how many Americans had trod the usual path but in reverse.The Big Goodbye: Why Some Abandon the Right
May 31, 2011
Keep ever in the one straight path Of duty they have trod; And guided by the same pure light Of love, for man and God.The Last of the Wasps
September 27, 2009
Historical Examples of trod
The earth he trod was like no other ground he had ever walked upon.In the Midst of Alarms
On mounting the steps at the Thtre Franais I trod on a lady's dress.
We had to move slowly, as at every step we trod upon the dying or the dead.
Where they trod it was as if peach pits were crushed beneath their feet.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
They called to Madame Gaudron to be careful how she trod on account of her condition.L'Assommoir
- the past tense and a past participle of tread
- to walk or trample in, on, over, or across (something)
- (when intr, foll by on) to crush or squash by or as if by treadingto tread grapes; to tread on a spider
- (intr sometimes foll by on) to subdue or repress, as by doing injury (to)to tread on one's inferiors
- (tr) to do by walking or dancingto tread a measure
- (tr) (of a male bird) to copulate with (a female bird)
- tread lightly to proceed with delicacy or tact
- tread on someone's toes to offend or insult someone, esp by infringing on his sphere of action, etc
- tread water to stay afloat in an upright position by moving the legs in a walking motion
- a manner or style of walking, dancing, etca light tread
- the act of treading
- the top surface of a step in a staircase
- the outer part of a tyre or wheel that makes contact with the road, esp the grooved surface of a pneumatic tyre
- the part of a rail that wheels touch
- the part of a shoe that is generally in contact with the ground
- vet science an injury to a horse's foot caused by the opposite foot, or the foot of another horse
- a rare word for footprint
Word Origin for tread
past tense of tread (q.v.).
Old English tredan (class V strong verb; past tense træd, past participle treden), from Proto-Germanic *tredanan (cf. Old Frisian treda, Middle Dutch treden, Old High German tretan, German treten, Gothic trudan, Old Norse troða).
early 13c., from tread (v.); in reference to automobile tires, it is recorded from 1906.
In addition to the idioms beginning with tread
- tread the boards
- tread water
- fools rush in where angels fear to tread
- step (tread) on one's toes