• Tread Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) Way; track; path.
  2. (n.) The part of a rail upon which car wheels bear.
  3. (n.) The upper horizontal part of a step, on which the foot is placed.
  4. (n.) A step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep; as, a nimble tread; a cautious tread.
  5. (v. t.) To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to tread land when too light; a well-trodden path.
  6. (n.) The chalaza of a birds egg; the treadle.
  7. (n.) A bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle of a horse that interferes. See Interfere, 3.
  8. (n.) The act of copulation in birds.
  9. (v. t.) To copulate with; to feather; to cover; -- said of the male bird.
  10. (v. i.) To set the foot; to step.
  11. (v. t.) To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred; to subdue.
  12. (n.) The part of a wheel that bears upon the road or rail.
  13. (n.) Manner or style of stepping; action; gait; as, the horse has a good tread.
  14. (v. i.) To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step.
  15. (v. t.) To step or walk on.
  16. (v. t.) To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, or the like.
  17. (v. i.) To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males.
  18. (n.) The top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand to fire over the parapet.

Pace, Step, Stride, Trample,

• Tread-softly Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) Spurge nettle. See under Nettle.

• Treadboard Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) See Tread, n., 5.