• WordNet 3.6
    • n tread-softly a stinging herb of tropical America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tread-softly (Bot) Spurge nettle. See under Nettle.
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  • William Butler Yeats
    “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”


In literature:

As he came nearer the grasses crackling under his soft tread were the only sound.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Passing Ballure House, she found herself treading softly.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Do not mind treading softly.
"Linda Tressel" by Anthony Trollope
Charles Nagle was treading softly, his head bent as if in thought.
"Studies in love and in terror" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
The new-comer approached with noiseless tread, softly turned the handle of the door, and entered.
"The Corsair King" by Mór Jókai
The soft gravel yielded to his tread, and plashing fountains murmured forth a plaintive and monotonous harmony.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
A sound like large, soft feet treading cautiously.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
In a moment Pete was off with his rifle to the nearest hill-top, stealthily but rapidly treading the soft, deep snow.
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
We expect to tread solid ground, or at least to find it not perilously soft; and lo!
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
He opens the door soft, and he treads on tiptoe for fear I'm asleep, as if I could be!
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
The carpets employed in the cooling room should be soft to the tread.
"The Turkish Bath" by Robert Owen Allsop
The earth had an uncanny softness under their tread.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
It was as though he were treading on the soft, oiled skin of a Hindu.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
In answer to her look the valet approached, treading softly.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Lannes knocked again, and then John heard inside the soft tread of feet, and the lifting of heavy bars.
"The Guns of Europe" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Her tread, her touch, her garments, are always soft and noiseless.
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
Then treading softly she turned and went back towards the pathway.
"The Wonderful Visit" by Herbert George Wells
As I approached the door, treading noiselessly upon the soft carpet, I heard voices raised excitedly, the door being slightly ajar.
"The Secrets of Potsdam" by William Le Queux
Stealing into the bushes bent double, he skirted the clearing, treading very softly.
"Captain Ted" by Louis Pendleton
As he lay in the darkness, a soft tread came on the stairs, and the door of his room swung open.
"The Gold Brick" by Ann S. Stephens

In poetry:

'You look not quite as if you saw,
But as if you heard,
Parting your lips, and treading softly
As mouse or bird.
"In The British Museum" by Thomas Hardy
Hush! or you'll wake her. Softly tread!
She slumbers in her little bed.
What do I see? A coffin! Dead?
Yes, dead at break of morning.
"Dead!" by Alfred Austin
Stay, gentle Stranger, softly tread!
Oh, trouble not this hallow'd heap.
Vile Envy says my Julia's dead;
But Envy thus Will never sleep.
"The Mad Lover" by Washington Allston
To whom the toil of breath is new,
In this our vale of time
Whose feet are yet unskill'd to tread
The grassy carpet round thee spread
At the soft, vernal prime,--
"Mrs. Morris Collins," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
"Rose of the Alpine valley! I feel, in every vein,
Thy soft touch on my fingers; oh, press them not again!
Bewitch me not, ye garlands, to tread that upward track,
And thou, my cheerless mansion, receive thy master back."
"The Count Of Griers" by William Cullen Bryant
Softly and noiselessly some feet tread
Lone ways on earth, without leaving a mark;
They move 'mid the living, they pass to the dead,
As still as the gleam of a star thro' the dark.
Sweet lives those
In their strange repose.
"A "Thought-Flower"" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

An aggressive block tread and open shoulders dig into soft surfaces, such as mud and snow, for superior traction.
Tread softly and carry a bunch of tires.
The thief had better tread softly.
TREADING SOFTLY The Patriot was slightly revised for the 2011 model year.
When sifting through Cloud Nothings' catalogue, remember to tread softly, because you might be treading on the times of your lost years.
Since the county is talking about seizing and destroying the personal property of citizens who have injured no one, treading softly is the least it can do.