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tread (v.)

Old English tredan "to tread, step on, trample; traverse, pass over" (class V strong verb; past tense træd, past participle treden), from Proto-Germanic *tred- (source also of Old Saxon tredan, Old Frisian treda, Middle Dutch treden, Old High German tretan, German treten, Gothic trudan, Old Norse troða), from PIE *der- (1) "assumed base of roots meaning 'to run, walk, step'" [Watkins]. Related: Trod; treading. To tread water in swimming, "to move the feet and hands regularly up and down while keeping the body in an erect position in order to keep the head above the water" is attested by 1764.

tread (n.)

early 13c., "a step or stepping, pressure with the foot," from tread (v.); in reference to automobile tires, it is recorded from 1906.

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Definitions of tread from WordNet
1
tread (v.)
put down or press the foot, place the foot;
For fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Synonyms: step
tread (v.)
tread or stomp heavily or roughly;
Synonyms: trample
tread (v.)
crush as if by treading on;
tread grapes to make wine
tread (v.)
brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center;
tread (v.)
apply (the tread) to a tire;
tread (v.)
mate with;
male birds tread the females
2
tread (n.)
a step in walking or running;
Synonyms: pace / stride
tread (n.)
the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire;
tread (n.)
the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground;
tread (n.)
structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step;
From wordnet.princeton.edu