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English noun: tread

1. tread (act) a step in walking or running

Synonymspace, stride

Broader (hypernym)step

Part meronymwalk, walking

2. tread (artifact) the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire

Broader (hypernym)surface

Part meronympneumatic tire, pneumatic tyre

3. tread (artifact) the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground

Broader (hypernym)contact, tangency

4. tread (artifact) structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step

Broader (hypernym)structural member

Part meronymstair, step

English verb: tread

1. tread (motion) put down or press the foot, place the foot

SamplesFor fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Step on the brake.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)step on, tread on

2. tread (motion) tread or stomp heavily or roughly

SamplesThe soldiers trampled across the fields.

ExamplesThe children tread to the playground


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)walk

Narrower (hyponym)treadle

3. tread (contact) crush as if by treading on

SamplesTread grapes to make wine.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)crush, mash, squash, squeeze, squelch

4. tread (contact) brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)brace

5. tread (possession) apply (the tread) to a tire

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)apply, give

6. tread (contact) mate with

SamplesMale birds tread the females.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)copulate, couple, mate, pair

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