tread

verb
\ ˈtred How to pronounce tread (audio) \
trod\ ˈträd How to pronounce trod (audio) \ also treaded; trodden\ ˈträ-​dᵊn How to pronounce trodden (audio) \ or trod; treading

Definition of tread

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to step or walk on or over
b : to walk or proceed along : follow treading a fine line between tradition and innovation
2a : to form by treading : beat tread a path
b : to execute by stepping or dancing tread a measure
3a : to beat or press with the feet : trample
b : to subdue or repress as if by trampling : crush
4 : to copulate with used of a male bird

intransitive verb

1 : to move or proceed on or as if on foot must tread lightly
2a : to set foot has gone where others fear to tread
b : to put one's foot : step carelessly treading on the flowers
tread on one's toes
: to give offense (as by encroaching on one's rights or feelings)
tread water
: 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

tread

noun

Definition of tread (Entry 2 of 2)

1a(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
b : the part of a shoe or boot sole that touches the ground also : the pattern on the bottom of a sole
2a : the upper horizontal part of a step
b : the width of such a tread
3a : manner of stepping
b : the sound of treading
c(1) : the action of treading
(2) : an act or instance of treading : step
4 : a mark (something, such as a footprint or the imprint of a tire) made by or as if by treading
5 : the distance between the points of contact with the ground of the two front wheels or the two rear wheels of a vehicle

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Other Words from tread

Verb

treader noun

Noun

treadless \ ˈtred-​ləs How to pronounce treadless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tread in a Sentence

Verb They slowly trod back to the camp. Don't tread on the grass. treading the halls of the Senate Countless footsteps have trodden a path to their door. Noun The treads of the tires were badly worn. running shoes with good treads
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just be aware someone around you could be treading quicksand soon. BostonGlobe.com, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY," 17 Sep. 2019 Chance encounters, lucky breaks and sheer fate are how the story languidly treads along. Garrett Mitchell, Detroit Free Press, "Visually appealing ‘Goldfinch’ is far from a masterpiece," 12 Sep. 2019 There’s a touch of something special every time the Detroit Youth Choir tread the America’s Got Talent stage. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Detroit Youth Choir Cover Panic! At The Disco on 'America's Got Talent': Watch," 10 Sep. 2019 In the mountains, Tibetan mastiffs dare to tread where other pups would drop their squeaky toys and whimper with exhaustion. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Wolves Gave Tibetan Mastiffs Their Mountaineering Genes," 9 Sep. 2019 As Gassee notes, other consumer finance companies should fear Apple treading on their ground. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "What Apple Can Teach Your Bank—Data Sheet," 27 Aug. 2019 Sable later took part in another water exercise in which he was required to tread for 10 minutes. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "York police officer’s family sues Baltimore County over his death at SWAT training," 26 Aug. 2019 Where cannabis first trod, magic mushrooms are sure to follow. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Do Canadians have a constitutional right to magic mushrooms?," 24 Aug. 2019 The community swore they’d never seen or heard from actual ARSA members, but who could be sure what was happening high in the mountains, where they weren’t technically even allowed to tread. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Conventional and self-sealing tires go flat without air, and the self-sealing tire works to hold in all that precious air by sealing a tread area injury. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Ford Explorer's new tires fix themselves, representing a coming trend for drivers," 29 June 2019 To keep staff fit and healthy, the company provides an exercise area in the office with a tread desk, exercise equipment and yoga mats. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "MEDIUM COMPANY RANKINGS:," 13 June 2019 Each marble tread locks into the one below it for support, and the inside of the stair’s solid-marble stringer creates a self-supporting spiral arch braced at each end. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "A Staircase That Takes a Step Up," 21 Aug. 2018 Nevada is another school that has been liberated from Adidas’ dreaded tire tread pattern. Paul Lukas, SI.com, "Uni Watch College Football Preview 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 On the mountain side, where Maxxis pretty much rules, there’s a tread pattern and rubber durometer for everyone, casings are tougher than ever, and tire weights are coming down. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "What We Learned From Our 2019 Bike Test," 25 June 2019 Some were likely mangled by tire treads and footprints from amateurs who had rushed in. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Nothing Unites a Divided Country Like an Escaped 18-Foot Snake in the Suburbs," 28 Aug. 2018 Sure, Iguodala has some tread on his tires and his basketball IQ hasn’t gone anywhere. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "For the time being, ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala stuck in Memphis," 10 Sep. 2019 Saving tread on the tire has been a talking point for Saban to running backs the last three seasons. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "How ex-No. 1 RB Najee Harris found patience at Alabama," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tread

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for tread

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for tread

The first known use of tread was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for tread

tread

verb
How to pronounce tread (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tread

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk
: to walk on or along (something)
: to form (a path) by walking

tread

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tread (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

tread

verb
\ ˈtred How to pronounce tread (audio) \
trod\ ˈträd \; trodden\ ˈträ-​dᵊn \ or trod; treading

Kids Definition of tread

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to step or walk on or over
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 : to move on foot : walk
tread water
: to keep the body upright in water and the head above water by moving the legs and arms

tread

noun

Kids Definition of tread (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action, manner, or sound of stepping or walking
2 : a mark made by a tire rolling over the ground
3 : the part of something (as a shoe or tire) that touches a surface
4 : the part of a step that is stepped on stair treads

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