The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tread \Tread\, v. t.
1. To step or walk on.
Forbid to tread the promised land he saw. --Prior.
Methought she trod the ground with greater grace.
2. To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to
tread land when too light; a well-trodden path.
3. To go through or accomplish by walking, dancing, or the
like. " I am resolved to forsake Malta, tread a pilgrimage
to fair Jerusalem." --Beau. & Fl.
They have measured many a mile,
To tread a measure with you on this grass. --Shak.
4. To crush under the foot; to trample in contempt or hatred;
Through thy name will we tread them under that rise
up against us. --Ps. xliv. 5.
5. To copulate with; to feather; to cover; -- said of the
male bird. --Chaucer.
To tread out, to press out with the feet; to press out, as
wine or wheat; as, to tread out grain with cattle or
To tread the stage, to act as a stageplayer; to perform a
part in a drama.