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Definition of Tread


  1. To set the foot; to step.
  2. To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step.
  3. To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males.
  4. To step or walk on.
  5. To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to tread land when too light; a well-trodden path.
  6. To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, or the like.
  7. To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred; to subdue.
  8. To copulate with; to feather; to cover; -- said of the male bird.
  9. A step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep; as, a nimble tread; a cautious tread.
  10. Manner or style of stepping; action; gait; as, the horse has a good tread.
  11. Way; track; path.
  12. The act of copulation in birds.
  13. The upper horizontal part of a step, on which the foot is placed.
  14. The top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand to fire over the parapet.
  15. The part of a wheel that bears upon the road or rail.
  16. The part of a rail upon which car wheels bear.
  17. The chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle.
  18. A bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle of a horse that interferes. See Interfere, 3.

Tread Quotations

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. - William Butler Yeats
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
William Butler Yeats

I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.
Horatio Nelson

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
William Butler Yeats

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Alexander Pope

There's a reason why the Foo Fighters don't blast out Nirvana songs every night: because we have a lot of respect for them. You know, that's hallowed ground. We have to be careful. We have to tread lightly. We have talked about it before, but the opportunity hasn't really come up, or it just hasn't felt right.
Dave Grohl
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Tread Translations

tread in Dutch is stappen, lopen, schrijden, treden
tread in Finnish is tallata
tread in German is zertreten, schreiten, trete
tread in Italian is pedata
tread in Portuguese is passo
tread in Spanish is pisar, banda de rodadura
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