Trod·den p. p. of Tread.
Tread v. i. [imp. Trod p. p. Trodden Trod; p. pr. & vb. n. Treading.]
1. To set the foot; to step.
Where'er you tread, the blushing flowers shall rise. --Pope.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. --Pope.
The hard stone
Under our feet, on which we tread and go. --Chaucer.
2. To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step.
Ye that . . . stately tread, or lowly creep. --Milton.
3. To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males.
To tread on or To tread upon. (a) To trample; to set the foot on in contempt. “Thou shalt tread upon their high places.” --Deut. xxxiii. 29. (b) to follow closely. “Year treads on year.” --Wordsworth.
To tread upon the heels of, to follow close upon. “Dreadful consequences that tread upon the heels of those allowances to sin.” --Milton.
One woe doth tread upon another's heel. --Shak.
n 1: a step in walking or running [syn: pace, stride]
2: the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire
3: the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the
4: structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a
stair or step
v 1: put down or press the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush
in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake"
2: tread or stomp heavily or roughly; "The soldiers trampled
across the fields" [syn: trample]
3: crush as if by treading on; "tread grapes to make wine"
4: brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the
5: apply (the tread) to a tire
6: mate with; "male birds tread the females"
[also: trodden, trod]
adj : crushed or broken by being stepped upon heavily; "her
trampled flowers lay crushed and broken"; "the grass
was trodden and muddy" [syn: trampled]