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tread

  

      vb   , treads, treading, trod, trodden, trod  
1    to walk or trample in, on, over, or across (something)  
2    when intr, foll by: on   to crush or squash by or as if by treading  
to tread grapes, to tread on a spider     
3    intr; sometimes foll by: on   to subdue or repress, as by doing injury (to)  
to tread on one's inferiors     
4    tr   to do by walking or dancing  
to tread a measure     
5    tr   (of a male bird) to copulate with (a female bird)  
6    tread lightly   to proceed with delicacy or tact  
7    tread on (someone's) toes   to offend or insult (someone), esp. by infringing on his sphere of action, etc.  
8    tread water   to stay afloat in an upright position by moving the legs in a walking motion  
      n  
9    a manner or style of walking, dancing, etc.  
a light tread     
10    the act of treading  
11    the top surface of a step in a staircase  
12    the outer part of a tyre or wheel that makes contact with the road, esp. the grooved surface of a pneumatic tyre  
13    the part of a rail that wheels touch  
14    the part of a shoe that is generally in contact with the ground  
15       a rare word for       footprint  
     (Old English tredan; related to Old Norse trotha , Old High German tretan, Swedish träda)  
  treader      n  


re-tread  
      vb   , -treads, -treading, -trod, -trodden, -trod   tr   to tread or walk over (one's steps) again  
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tread  
      vb   , treads, treading, trod, trodden, trod  
1    to walk or trample in, on, over, or across (something)  
2    when intr, foll by: on   to crush or squash by or as if by treading  
to tread grapes, to tread on a spider     
3    intr; sometimes foll by: on   to subdue or repress, as by doing injury (to)  
to tread on one's inferiors     
4    tr   to do by walking or dancing  
to tread a measure     
5    tr   (of a male bird) to copulate with (a female bird)  
6    tread lightly   to proceed with delicacy or tact  
7    tread on (someone's) toes   to offend or insult (someone), esp. by infringing on his sphere of action, etc.  
8    tread water   to stay afloat in an upright position by moving the legs in a walking motion  
      n  
9    a manner or style of walking, dancing, etc.  
a light tread     
10    the act of treading  
11    the top surface of a step in a staircase  
12    the outer part of a tyre or wheel that makes contact with the road, esp. the grooved surface of a pneumatic tyre  
13    the part of a rail that wheels touch  
14    the part of a shoe that is generally in contact with the ground  
15       a rare word for       footprint  
     (Old English tredan; related to Old Norse trotha , Old High German tretan, Swedish träda)  
  treader      n  


re-tread  
      vb   , -treads, -treading, -trod, -trodden, -trod   tr   to tread or walk over (one's steps) again  

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tread

  

      vb  
1    hike, march, pace, plod, stamp, step, stride, tramp, trudge, walk  
2    crush underfoot, squash, trample  
3    bear down, crush, oppress, quell, repress, ride roughshod over, subdue, subjugate, suppress  
4    tread on someone's toes      affront, annoy, bruise, disgruntle, get someone's back up, hurt, hurt someone's feelings, infringe, injure, irk, offend, vex  
      n  
5    footfall, footstep, gait, pace, step, stride, walk  

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