What is tread?

  • (verb): Tread or stomp heavily or roughly.
    Synonyms: trample
    See also — Additional definitions below


The tread of a tire or track refers to the patterns on its rubber circumference that makes contact with the road. As tires are used, the tread is worn off, limiting its effectiveness in providing traction. A worn tire tread can often be retreaded.

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Tread - Caterpillar Tracks
... They usually do not feature tread patterns, because these would offer little additional grip given the weight of the tracked vehicle ...

More definitions of "tread":

  • (verb): Apply (the tread) to a tire.
  • (noun): A step in walking or running.
    Synonyms: pace, stride
  • (noun): The part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground.
  • (verb): Put down or press the foot, place the foot.
    Example: "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"
    Synonyms: step
  • (verb): Mate with.
    Example: "Male birds tread the females"
  • (verb): Crush as if by treading on.
    Example: "Tread grapes to make wine"
  • (verb): Brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center.
  • (noun): The grooved surface of a pneumatic tire.
  • (noun): Structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step.

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    He hung out of the window a long while looking up and down the street. The world’s second metropolis. In the brick houses and the dingy lamplight and the voices of a group of boys kidding and quarreling on the steps of a house opposite, in the regular firm tread of a policeman, he felt a marching like soldiers, like a sidewheeler going up the Hudson under the Palisades, like an election parade, through long streets towards something tall white full of colonnades and stately. Metropolis.
    John Dos Passos (1896–1970)

    Rosenbloom is dead.
    The tread of the carriers does not halt
    On the hill, but turns
    Up the sky.
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    One woe doth tread upon another’s heel,
    So fast they follow.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)