Definition of tread:
- A bruise or abrasion produced on the foot or ankle of a horse that interferes. See Interfere, 3.
- A step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep; as, a nimble tread; a cautious tread.
- Manner or style of stepping; action; gait; as, the horse has a good tread.
- The act of copulation in birds.
- The chalaza of a bird's egg; the treadle.
- The part of a rail upon which car wheels bear.
- The part of a wheel that bears upon the road or rail.
- The top of the banquette, on which soldiers stand to fire over the parapet.
- The upper horizontal part of a step, on which the foot is placed.
- To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to tread land when too light; a well- trodden path.
- To copulate with; to feather; to cover; - said of the male bird.
- To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males.
- To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred; to subdue.
- To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, or the like.
- To set the foot; to step.
- To step or walk on.
- To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step.
- Way; track; path.
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By the advice of serjeants and constables, he dismounted, that no sound of horses' hoofs might give notice from a distance; though, indeed, on the sands of the sea- shore, no horses' tread, he thought, could be heard.- "Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond]", Maria Edgeworth.
- "A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution", Charles Dickens.
Meanwhile, the sun had risen: he heard the rumbling of the milkwomen's carts, the heavy tread of the peasants returning from selling their vegetables at the market, the song of the early workman going to his work, and the dialogues between the concierges as they swept their doorsteps.- "San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams", Charles Paul de Kock.