• Barefooted men should not tread upon thorns
    Barefooted men should not tread upon thorns
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tread brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
    • v tread mate with "male birds tread the females"
    • v tread crush as if by treading on "tread grapes to make wine"
    • v tread tread or stomp heavily or roughly "The soldiers trampled across the fields"
    • v tread put down or press the foot, place the foot "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread","step on the brake"
    • v tread apply (the tread) to a tire
    • n tread a step in walking or running
    • n tread structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step
    • n tread the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground
    • n tread the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rats can swim for a 1/2 mile without resting, and they can tread water for 3 days straight.
    • Tread (Far) A bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle of a horse that interferes. See Interfere, 3.
    • Tread A step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep; as, a nimble tread ; a cautious tread. "She is coming, my own, my sweet;
      Were it ever so airy a tread ,
      My heart would hear her and beat."
    • Tread Manner or style of stepping; action; gait; as, the horse has a good tread .
    • Tread The act of copulation in birds.
    • Tread (Biol) The chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle.
    • Tread (Mach) The part of a rail upon which car wheels bear.
    • Tread (Mach) The part of a wheel that bears upon the road or rail.
    • Tread (Fort) The top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand to fire over the parapet.
    • Tread (Arch) The upper horizontal part of a step, on which the foot is placed.
    • Tread To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to tread land when too light; a well-trodden path.
    • Tread To copulate with; to feather; to cover; -- said of the male bird.
    • Tread To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males. "One woe doth tread upon another's heel ."
    • Tread To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred; to subdue. "Through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us."
    • Tread To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, or the like. "I am resolved to forsake Malta, tread a pilgrimage to fair Jerusalem.""They have measured many a mile,
      To tread a measure with you on this grass."
    • Tread To set the foot; to step. "Where'er you tread , the blushing flowers shall rise.""Fools rush in where angels fear to tread .""The hard stone
      Under our feet, on which we tread and go."
    • Tread To step or walk on. "Forbid to tread the promised land he saw.""Methought she trod the ground with greater grace."
    • Tread To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step. "Ye that . . . stately tread , or lowly creep."
    • Tread Way; track; path.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tread To form puddles under the tread of horses: said of the ground.
    • n tread Any horizontal element in a floor upon which the walker treads or presses, and so gives an alarm or makes a signal.
    • tread To set the foot down, as on the ground.
    • tread To press or be put down on or as on the ground.
    • tread To walk; step; especially, to walk with a more or less stately, measured, or cautious step.
    • tread To copulate, as birds: said especially of a cock-bird.
    • tread To follow closely.
    • tread To step or walk on.
    • tread To beat or press with the feet: as, a well-trodden path.
    • tread To crush under the foot; trample in contempt or hatred.
    • tread To dance.
    • tread To walk.
    • tread To copulate with or cover, as a bird.
    • tread To destroy, extinguish, or obliterate by or as by treading or trampling.
    • n tread A step or stepping; footing; pressure with the foot.
    • n tread Way; track; path. See trade, n. 2.
    • n tread Copulation, as of birds.
    • n tread The cicatricula of an egg: so called from the former erroneous belief that it appeared only in fecundated eggs laid by the hen after the tread of the cock. Compare treadle.
    • n tread Manner of stepping: as, a horse with a good tread.
    • n tread The flat or horizontal part of a step or stair; a tread-board.
    • n tread The length of a ship's keel.
    • n tread The bearing surface of a wheel or of a runner on a road or rail.
    • n tread The part of a rail on which the wheels bear.
    • n tread The part of a stilt on which the foot rests.
    • n tread That part of the sole of a boot or shoe which touches the ground in walking.
    • n tread The top of the banquette of a fortification, on which soldiers stand to fire.
    • n tread The upper side of the bed of a lathe between the head-stock and the back-center.
    • n tread The width from pedal to pedal of a bicycle.
    • n tread A wound on the coronet of a horse's foot, produced by the shoe of either hind or fore foot of the opposite side.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Tread tred to set the foot down: to walk or go: to copulate, as fowls
    • v.t Tread to walk on: to press with the foot: to trample in contempt: to subdue:—pa.t. trod; pa.p. trod or trod′den
    • n Tread pressure with the foot: a step, way of stepping
    • vs.i Tread to work a treadle
    • ***


  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “All that tread, the globe are but a handful to the tribes, that slumber in its bosom.”
  • 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.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.”
  • Lord Nelson
    Lord Nelson
    “I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.”


Fools rush in where angels fear to tread - This idiom is used where people who are inexperienced or lack knowledge do something that more informed people would avoid.
Tread on someone's toes - If you tread on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of.
Tread the boards - When someone treads the boards, they perform on stage in a theatre.
Tread water - If someone is treading water, they are making no progress.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. treden, AS. tredan,; akin to OFries. treda, OS. tredan, D. & LG. treden, G. treten, OHG. tretan, Icel. troa, Sw. tråda, träda, Dan. træde, Goth. trudan, and perhaps ultimately to F. tramp,; cf. Gr. a running, Skr. dram, to run. Cf. Trade Tramp Trot


In literature:

She could hear his tread marching into her life, and could see his face.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
Presently, she heard Ebenezer's slow tread coming upstairs.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
With measured tread it was walking slowly toward us!
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
Be careful how you tread, these steps are abominable.
"Three People" by Pansy
Where the bow of the tramp had been there were colossal treads now visible.
"Morale" by Murray Leinster
The tread of the company grew louder, but the night was otherwise still.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
He used to look round and then turn no more his head, because he knew a frightful fiend did close behind him tread.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
Mr. Dean has no such softness, and enters the nursery with the tread and gaiety of an ogre.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
It was the watchman's tread that broke the spell.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
Lyman found Warren almost in hysterical glee, treading air up and down the office.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read

In poetry:

I shall tread, another year,
Ways I walked with Grief,
Past the dry, ungarnered ear
And the brittle leaf.
"Paths" by Dorothy Parker
Hath your God no rod,
That ye tread so light?
Man on us as God,
God as man hath trod,
Trod us down with might.
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"But there's young Jamie o' Blackhill,
A better man than he,
He lo'es the very yird ye tread,
My bonnie Mary Lee.
"Mary Lee: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
They leave these blond still days
In dust behind their tread
They see with living eyes
How long they have been dead.
"Through These Pale Cold Days" by Isaac Rosenberg
Quickly earth's jewels disappear;
The turf, whereon I tread,
Ere autumn blanch another year,
May rest above my head.
"Autumn" by Mary Baker Eddy
When I can say, "My God is mine,"
When I can feel thy glories shine,
I tread the world beneath my feet,
And all that earth calls good or great.
"Hymn 16 Part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Treading Water For 12 Hours.
Life Lessons from the Pool, from Diving in to Treading Water .
Treading water with upside down mortgages.
After finally treading through deep water in the first two-thirds of their schedule, the Pleasantville Trojans football squad is looking to raise the "W" flag tonight against Southeast Warren.
YANGON , Myanmar — When President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Yangon Monday he will be treading on ground heavy with political and historical significance.
A Big Vat for Treading Grapes.
STO-Rosneft Tread Gently in Arctic.
Good tread, 2 tires, $70.00 802368-7764.
The Leaders Are Treading Carefully.
Camper shoe brand is expanding its tread in Vancouver.
Obama, Romney campaigns tread carefully during storm.
Tread carefully on fiscal cliff.
In addition, Bobcat has tread designs available to suit a variety of applications.
We've cautioned readers in the past to tread carefully when entering into grain purchase contracts because of the grain market's entrance into the big business world.
Ventech USA's Pneuscan ATM is an automatic system that uses sensor technologies to quickly and accurately measure pressure and tread depth.

In science:

Even within this framework, as we will see, we are treading on dangerous ground.
The Utility of Quantum Field Theory
These monomials will be treaded simply as non commutative words.
Coassociative grammar, periodic orbits and quantum random walk over Z
And where nonlinear equations are involved, one has to tread with caution, especially since no analytical solution of the dynamic problem exists in the case of spherically symmetric accretion.
Implications of nonlinearity for spherically symmetric accretion
Surface tank treading: Propulsion of purcell’s toroidal swimmer.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
For a “formal theory” of decision (formal decision process view) that criterion will suffice: a decision is a tread of actions which conforms one of the possible alternatives of a pre-existing grammar for decision making processes.
Informal Control code logic