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Definition of tread:

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


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