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TREAD (trod, trodden)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tread mean? 

TREAD (noun)
  The noun TREAD has 4 senses:

1. a step in walking or running
2. the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire
3. the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground
4. structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step

  Familiarity information: TREAD used as a noun is uncommon.


TREAD (verb)
  The verb TREAD has 6 senses:

1. put down or press the foot, place the foot
2. tread or stomp heavily or roughly
3. crush as if by treading on
4. brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
5. apply (the tread) to a tire
6. mate with

  Familiarity information: TREAD used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TREAD (noun)


Sense 1tread [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A step in walking or running

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

stride; tread; pace

Hypernyms ("tread" is a kind of...):

step (the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down)

Holonyms ("tread" is a part of...):

walk; walking (the act of traveling by foot)


Sense 2tread [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The grooved surface of a pneumatic tire

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("tread" is a kind of...):

surface (the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary)

Holonyms ("tread" is a part of...):

pneumatic tire; pneumatic tyre (a tire made of reinforced rubber and filled with compressed air; used on motor vehicles and bicycles etc)


Sense 3tread [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("tread" is a kind of...):

contact; tangency ((electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact)


Sense 4tread [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("tread" is a kind of...):

structural member (support that is a constituent part of any structure or building)

Holonyms ("tread" is a part of...):

stair; step (support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway)


TREAD (verb)


Sense 1tread [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put down or press the foot, place the foot

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

tread; step

Context examples:

For fools rush in where angels fear to tread / step on the brake

Hypernyms (to "tread" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tread"):

step on; tread on (place or press the foot on)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2tread [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tread or stomp heavily or roughly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

trample; tread

Context example:

The soldiers trampled across the fields

Hypernyms (to "tread" is one way to...):

walk (use one's feet to advance; advance by steps)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tread"):

treadle (tread over)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The children tread to the playground


Sense 3tread [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Crush as if by treading on

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

tread grapes to make wine

Hypernyms (to "tread" is one way to...):

crush; mash; squash; squeeze; squelch (to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4tread [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "tread" is one way to...):

brace (support by bracing)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5tread [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Apply (the tread) to a tire

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "tread" is one way to...):

apply; give (give or convey physically)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6tread [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mate with

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

male birds tread the females

Hypernyms (to "tread" is one way to...):

copulate; couple; mate; pair (make love)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


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