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v. trod (trŏd) or treaded, trod·den (trŏd′n) or trod or treaded, tread·ing, treads
1. To walk on, over, or along: tread the pavement.
2. To press beneath the feet; trample: dirt that was trodden into the rug.
3. To treat unjustly or harshly; oppress: people who were trodden down by tyrants.
4. To form by walking or trampling: tread a path.
5. To execute by walking or dancing: tread a measure.
6. To copulate with. Used of a male bird.
a. To go on foot; walk.
b. To set down the foot; step.
a. To trample something. Used with on or upon: Don't tread on the new grass.
b. To treat someone or something unjustly or harshly. Used with on or upon: a regime treading upon the rights of the citizens.
3. To copulate. Used of birds.
a. The act, manner, or sound of treading.
b. An instance of treading; a step.
c. A mark made by treading, as in snow.
2. The upper horizontal part of a step in a staircase.
a. The part of a wheel or tire that makes contact with the road or rails.
b. The grooved face of a tire.
4. The part of a shoe sole that touches the ground.
5. Either of the continuous ridged belts with which bulldozers, tanks, and certain other vehicles move over the ground.
tread the boards
To act on the stage: "We who tread the boards are not the only players of parts in this world" (John Fowles).
tread water
1. To keep the head above water while in an upright position by pumping the legs.
2. To expend effort but make little or no progress to achievement of a goal or an end.

[Middle English treden, from Old English tredan.]

tread′less adj.


Threshing by walking animals, usually horses, over the heads of grain such as wheat or oats.
References in classic literature ?
Isn't that true?' he asked, treading on the sack so that it squeaked.
'I must ask my wizard,' said Little Klaus, treading on the sack and putting his ear to it.
'Hush!' said Little Klaus to his sack, at the same time treading on it again so that it squeaked even louder than before.
There they await the onslaught, the inexperienced ones clutching their revolvers and treading on twigs, but the old hands sleeping tranquilly until just before the dawn.
Fain would I also make amends to thy body for Zarathustra treading upon thee with his feet: I think about that.
How eagerly he had trodden the very turf I was treading,--we never know at what moment we are treading sacred earth!
Given the recent events, one can hardly resist the temptation to hark back to the age-old coarse art of 'treading on toes'.
The perspicacious reader must surely have noticed that any sane individual spends half of his/her life in either avoiding treading on other persons' toes or, alternatively, in saving his/her own toes from being trod on.
Treading on toes, it must be stressed, is as old as history itself.
Mean ([+ or -] s.d.) absolute surface disturbance (sum of upward and downward movement on a transect) was greater by cattle ([C.sub.1], 11.2 [+ or -] 8.1; [C.sub.2], 9.94 [+ or -] 5.0 mm) than by sheep (5.1 [+ or -] 1.8 mm) (P [is less than] 0.01) after the single treading and 9.04 [+ or -] 4.1 mm for [C.sub.2] after the second treading.
It was concluded that the effect on soil surface configuration of severe short-term treading events on wet soils was greater by cattle than by sheep stocked at the same metabolic liveweight per hectare and that this occurred irrespective of the previous grazing history.
While the effect of stock treading on pasture composition in lowland New Zealand (Edmond 1964; Brown and Evans 1973) and hill pastures (Rumball 1966; Lambert et al.