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tread

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verb \ˈtred\

Simple Definition of tread

  • : to walk

  • : to walk on or along (something)

  • : to form (a path) by walking

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tread

trod

play \ˈträd\ also

treaded

trodden

play \ˈträ-dən\ or

trod

treading

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to step or walk on or overb :  to walk or proceed along :  follow <treading a fine line between tradition and innovation>

  3. 2a :  to beat or press with the feet :  trampleb :  to subdue or repress as if by trampling :  crush

  4. 3 :  to copulate with —used of a male bird

  5. 4a :  to form by treading :  beat <tread a path>b :  to execute by stepping or dancing <tread a measure>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to move or proceed on or as if on foot <must tread lightly>

  8. 2a :  to set foot <has gone where others fear to tread>b :  to put one's foot :  step <carelessly treading on the flowers>

  9. 3 :  copulate

treader

noun

tread on one's toes

  1. :  to give offense (as by encroaching on one's rights or feelings)

tread water

  1. :  to keep the body nearly upright in the water and the head above water by a treading motion of the feet usually aided by the hands

Examples of tread in a sentence

  1. They slowly trod back to the camp.

  2. Don't tread on the grass.

  3. treading the halls of the Senate

  4. Countless footsteps have trodden a path to their door.



Origin and Etymology of tread

Middle English treden, from Old English tredan; akin to Old High German tretan to tread


First Known Use: before 12th century


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tread

noun

Simple Definition of tread

  • : the part of a tire that touches the ground : the pattern of raised lines on the surface of a tire

  • : a mark made by a tire when it rolls over the ground

  • : the part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground : the pattern of raised lines on the bottom of a shoe or boot

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tread

  1. 1 :  a mark (as a footprint or the imprint of a tire) made by or as if by treading

  2. 2a (1) :  the action of treading (2) :  an act or instance of treading :  stepb :  manner of steppingc :  the sound of treading

  3. 3a :  the part of a shoe or boot sole that touches the ground; also :  the pattern on the bottom of a soleb (1) :  the part of a wheel or tire that makes contact with a road or rail (2) :  the pattern of ridges or grooves made or cut in the face of a tire

  4. 4 :  the distance between the points of contact with the ground of the two front wheels or the two rear wheels of a vehicle

  5. 5a :  the upper horizontal part of a stepb :  the width of such a tread

treadless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of tread in a sentence

  1. The treads of the tires were badly worn.

  2. running shoes with good treads



13th Century

First Known Use of tread

13th century

Other Automotive Terms



TREAD Defined for Kids

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tread

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verb \ˈtred\

Definition of tread for Students

trod

\ˈträd\

trodden

\ˈträ-dən\ or

trod

treading

  1. 1 :  to step or walk on or over

  2. 2 :  to beat or press with the feet <The snow was deep … few people had been out to tread it down … — Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising>

  3. 3 :  to move on foot :  walk

tread water

  1. :  to keep the body upright in water and the head above water by moving the legs and arms




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tread

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noun

Definition of tread for Students

  1. 1 :  the action, manner, or sound of stepping or walking

  2. 2 :  a mark made by a tire rolling over the ground

  3. 3 :  the part of something (as a shoe or tire) that touches a surface

  4. 4 :  the part of a step that is stepped on <stair treads>





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