tread

When you tread on the earth, you walk on it. The next time your pal thinks you have it too easy, you might ask him, “Why don’t you tread in my shoes for a day?”

Tread usually implies stepping with force, but it can also simply mean placing your feet, one after the other, on the ground. You might try to tread lightly on the moss in the backyard so you don't damage it. Tread is also a noun that means the mark that a tire leaves on the ground, or the actual grooves on the tire. You might be relieved that the tread marks at the crime scene didn't match your brother's truck after all.

Primary Meanings of tread

1.
vn
put down or press the foot, place the foot
a step in walking or running
2.
v
brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
3.
nv
the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire
apply (the tread) to a tire
4.
v
mate with
Full Definitions of tread
1

v put down or press the foot, place the foot

“For fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Synonyms:
step
Types:
step on, tread on
place or press the foot on
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v tread or stomp heavily or roughly

Synonyms:
trample
Types:
treadle
tread over
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v crush as if by treading on

tread grapes to make wine”
Type of:
crush, mash, squash, squeeze, squelch
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

n a step in walking or running

Synonyms:
pace, stride
Type of:
step
the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down

n the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground

Type of:
contact, tangency
(electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact

n structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step

Type of:
structural member
support that is a constituent part of any structure or building
2

v brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center

Type of:
brace
support by bracing
3

n the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire

Type of:
surface
the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

v apply (the tread) to a tire

Type of:
apply, give
give or convey physically
4

v mate with

“male birds tread the females”

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