EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /tɹɛd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛd

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English treden, from Old English tredan, from Proto-West Germanic *tredan, from Proto-Germanic *trudaną.

VerbEdit

tread (third-person singular simple present treads, present participle treading, simple past trod or tread or treaded, past participle trod or tread or trodden or treaded)

  1. (intransitive) To step or walk (on or over something); to trample.
    He trod back and forth wearily.
    Don't tread on the lawn.
  2. (transitive) To step or walk upon.
    Actors tread the boards.
  3. To beat or press with the feet.
    to tread a path; to tread land when too light; a well-trodden path
  4. To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, etc.
  5. To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred; to subdue.
  6. (intransitive) To copulate; said of (especially male) birds.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  7. (transitive, of a male bird) To copulate with.
    • 1927, Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)[1]:
      Thus, a poultry-breeder describes a hen (colored Dorking) crowing like a cock, only somewhat more harshly, as a cockerel crows, and with an enormous comb, larger than is ever seen in the male. This bird used to try to tread her fellow-hens.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
Usage notesEdit
  • Treaded is not commonly used in the UK and is less common in the US as well. It is apparently used more often in tread water.
  • Tread is sometimes used as a past and past participle, especially in the US.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English tred, from treden (to tread).

NounEdit

 
the tread on a car tyre
 
the sole of a pair of trainers showing the tread
 
diagram of a set of steps showing the tread

tread (plural treads)

  1. A step taken with the foot.
  2. A manner of stepping.
  3. The sound made when someone or something is walking.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
      The steps fell lightly and oddly, with a certain swing, for all they went so slowly; it was different indeed from the heavy creaking tread of Henry Jekyll. Utterson sighed. "Is there never anything else?" he asked.
    • 1896, Bret Harte, Barker's Luck and Other Stories
      But when, after a singularly heavy tread and the jingle of spurs on the platform, the door flew open to the newcomer, he seemed a realization of our worst expectations.
  4. (obsolete) A way; a track or path.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  5. The horizontal part of a step in a flight of stairs.
    • 1956, Anthony Burgess, Time for a Tiger (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 25:
      The dog was waiting for him, her paws on the second tread, pere regardant with a happy lolling tongue.
  6. The grooves carved into the face of a tire, used to give the tire traction. [from 1900s]
  7. The grooves on the bottom of a shoe or other footwear, used to give grip or traction.
  8. (biology) The chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle.
  9. The act of avian copulation in which the male bird mounts the female by standing on her back.
  10. (fortification) The top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand to fire over the parapet.
  11. A bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle of a horse that interferes, or strikes its feet together.
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  • (horizontal part of a step): run
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