tread

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
tread

Plural
treads

  1. A tread is a step, as in walking.
    The old man moved with heavy tread across the road.
  2. A tread is a mark made by someone taking a step.
    The police searched the crime scene for tread marks.
  3. Tread is the part of a wheel, tyre, or a shoe that touches the road.
    The car left tread marks across the lawn.
  4. Tread is the surface pattern on a tyre.
    The car was not safe as there was very little tread left on the tyre.
  5. The tread on a stair is the part on which you put your foot.
    The wooden staircase had to be fixed by replacing the rotten treads.

Verb[change]

Plain form
tread

Third-person singular
treads

Past tense
tread

Past participle
tread

Present participle
treading

Plain form
tread

Third-person singular
treads

Past tense
trod

Past participle
trod

Present participle
treading

Plain form
tread

Third-person singular
treads

Past tense
trodden

Past participle
trodden

Present participle
treading

  1. To tread is to take a step.
    The wooden bridge did not look safe so I had to tread carefully.
  2. To tread is to stand on, or crush.
    To make wine you need to tread on the grapes to squeeze out the juice.
  3. The past tense and past participle of tread.