Definition of tread


  • a step in walking or running. Synonyms: pace, stride.
  • the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire.
  • the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground.
  • structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step.


  • put down or press the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread", "step on the brake". Synonyms: step.
  • tread or stomp heavily or roughly; "The soldiers trampled across the fields". Synonyms: trample.
  • crush as if by treading on; "tread grapes to make wine".
  • brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center.
  • apply (the tread) to a tire.
  • mate with; "male birds tread the females".

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Words nearby tread

bread, dread, oread, read, thread, trad, treat, treed, trend, triad.

Rhymes with tread

abed, ahead, bed, behead, behead, bread, dead, dread, ed, embed, fed, head, imbed, infrared, instead, interbred, lead, led, med, misread.

Start with tread

treadmill, treading, treadless, treadled, treadmills, treadlers, treaded, treadling, treadler, treadle, treaders, treader, treadles, treads.

End with tread

retread, untread, outread.

More information about tread

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • tread is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 6 points
  • tread is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 6 points
  • tread is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 6 points
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