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Dictionary definition for: Tread

1. (n) a step in walking or running

2. (v) put down or press the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread" "step on the brake"

3. (n) the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire

4. (v) tread or stomp heavily or roughly; "The soldiers trampled across the fields"

5. (n) the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground

6. (v) crush as if by treading on; "tread grapes to make wine"

7. (n) structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step

8. (v) brace (an archer''s bow) by pressing the foot against the center

9. (v) apply (the tread) to a tire

10. (v) mate with; "male birds tread the females"

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