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tread - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'tread' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Tread [ n.]
- A step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep; as, a nimble tread; a cautious tread.
- Manner or style of stepping; action; gait; as, the horse has a good tread.
- Way; track; path.
- The act of copulation in birds.
- The upper horizontal part of a step, on which the foot is placed.
- The top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand to fire over the parapet.
- The part of a wheel that bears upon the road or rail.
- The part of a rail upon which car wheels bear.
- The chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle.
- A bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle of a horse that interferes. See Interfere, 3.
2 . Tread [ v. i.]
- To set the foot; to step.
- To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step.
- To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males.
3 . Tread [ v. t.]
- To step or walk on.
- To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to tread land when too light; a well-trodden path.
- To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, or the like.
- To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred; to subdue.
- To copulate with; to feather; to cover; -- said of the male bird.

Meaning of 'tread' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . tread [ v]
Meaning (1):
- put down or press the foot, place the foot
Example in sentence:
  • For fools rush in where angels fear to tread;
  • step on the brake
Meaning (2):
- mate with
Example in sentence:
  • male animals serve the females for breeding purposes;
  • male birds tread the females
Meaning (3):
- tread or stomp heavily or roughly
Example in sentence:
  • The soldiers trampled across the fields
Meaning (4):
- crush as if by treading on
Example in sentence:
  • tread grapes to make wine