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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.


(of a tyre etc) having no tread
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He's credited with inventing the "slingshot" dragster (where the driver sits behind the rear wheels) and the treadless "slick" tires used in drag racing.
The basic idea is that the response of a treaded tire is considered as the sum of the responses of two treadless tires with radii equal to the outer and the inner radius of the initial treaded tire, weighted according to the void ratio (the fraction of the voids along the tire perimeter to its total perimeter).