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Tread, vb. (impf. trod; partic. trod, used to form active and passive tenses; trodden, used to form passive tenses, and joined adjectively to substantives. In H4A I, 3, 135 Qq down-trod Mortimer, Ff downfall or downfaln) 1) to set the foot; a) intr.: “t. softly,” Tp. IV, 194. “bid me be advised how I t.” H6B II, 4, 36. “the ground shrinks before his --ing,” Cor. V, 4, 20. With on, in a physical sense, == to step on, to set the foot on: she --s on it (the grass) “so light,” Ven. 1028. “my mistress, when she walks, --s on the ground,” Sonn. 130, 12. “what we do not see we t. upon,” Meas. II, 1, 26. III, 1, 79. LLL V, 2, 330. R2 I, 3, 289. H4A II, 4, 442. V, 4, 13. H5 IV, 7, 149. H6C II, 2, 17. Cor. I, 1, 265. I, 3, 50. V, 6, 135. Per. IV, 1, 79. Peculiar expression: “he ne'er drinks but Timon's silver --s upon his lip,” Tim. III, 2, 78. to t. on the heels of == to follow close: “with many hundreds --ing on his heels,” John IV, 2, 149. Rom. I, 2, 28. Hml. IV, 7, 164. to t. on, in a moral sense, == to trample, to set the foot on in contempt: “misery is trodden on by many,” Ven. 707. “this down-trodden equity,” John II, 241. “on my heart they t. now whilst I live,” R2 III, 3, 158. “you t. upon my patience,” H4A I, 3, 4. V, 2, 86. Cor. V, 3, 116. Cor. V, 3, 116 Cor. V, 3, 116 Tim. IV, 3, 95. Mcb. IV, 3, 45.
b) trans. (or rather with an accus, and an adverbial expression denoting the effect); in a physical sense: “swear by her foot, that she may t. out the oath,” H5 III, 7, 103. “t. it under foot,” H6B V, 1, 209. “a little fire is quickly trodden out,” H6C IV, 8, 7. “I will t. this villain into mortar,” Lr. II, 2, 71. In a moral sense, to t. down == to trample under one's feet: John III, 1, 58. 215, 216. R2 II, 3, 126. H6C III, 3, 8.
2) to walk, to go, to move; a) intr.: “any emperor that ever trod on neat's leather,” Tp. II, 2, 73. Caes. I, 1, 29. “why in their so sacred paths he dares to t.” Wiv. IV, 4, 59. “where her shoe . . . doth t.” LLL I, 2, 174. “wheresoe'er this foot of mine doth t.” John III, 3, 62. “by this heavenly ground I t. on,” H4B II, 1, 152 (Mrs. Quickly's speech). “any that --s but on four pasterns,” H5 III, 7, 12. “a far-off shore where he would t.” H6C III, 2, 136. “t. on the sand, why, there you quickly sink,” V, 4, 30. “so shall no foot upon the churchyard t., but . . .,” Rom. V, 3, 5. “the land bids me t. no more upon 't,” Ant. III, 11, 1. “joy to see him t.” Per. II, 1, 165. cf. Mistreadings.
b) trans. to walk in or on: “she --s the path that she untreads again,” Ven. 908. “one encompassed with a winding maze, that cannot t. the way out readily,” Lucr. 1152. “to t. the ooze of the salt deep,” Tp. I, 2, 252. “he trod the water,” II, 1, 115. “here's a maze trod indeed,” III, 3, 2. “as strange a maze as e'er man trod,” V, 242. “may t. the groves,” Mids. III, 2, 390. “a kinder gentleman --s not the earth,” Merch. II, 8, 35. “if we walk not in the trodden paths,” As I, 3, 15. “we t. in warlike march these greens,” John II, 241. “t. the stranger paths of banishment,” R2 I, 3, 143. to t. them (the streets) “with her tender-feeling feet,” H6B II, 4, 9. “t. the path that thou shalt ne'er return,” R3 I, 1, 117. “would I had never trod this English earth,” H8 III, 1, 143. “trod the ways of glory,” III, 2, 436. “himself the path of dalliance --s,” Hml. I, 3, 50. “I'll t. these flats,” Cymb. III, 3, 11. “you should t. a course pretty and full of view,” III, 4, 149. Applied to dancing: “to t. a measure,” Ven. 1148. LLL V, 2, 185. LLL V, 2, 185 As V, 4, 45.
3) to copulate as birds; intr.: “when turtles t.” LLL V, 2, 915. trans.: “the cock that --s them,” Pilgr. 338.
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