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tread

1. the outer part of a tyre or wheel that makes contact with the road, esp the grooved surface of a pneumatic tyre
2. the part of a rail that wheels touch
3. Vet science an injury to a horse's foot caused by the opposite foot, or the foot of another horse

tread

1. The horizontal upper surface of a step; includes the rounded edge or nosing which extends over the riser.
See also: Step
2. The horizontal upper surface of a step; includes the rounded edge or nosing which extends over the riser.

tread

[tred]
(civil engineering)
The horizontal part of a step in a staircase.
The distance between two successive risers in a staircase.
(engineering)
The part of a wheel or tire that bears on the road or rail.

tread

The horizontal surface of a step; often has a rounded edge that extends beyond the upright face of the riser below it.
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Former tv announcer Neville Wanless is set to tread the boards this winter in the popular pantomime Babes In The Wood.
AMATEUR performers in Coventry and Warwickshire are being offered the chance to tread the boards with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The group, which is made up of volunteers who assist the Aldridge Youth Theatre will tread the boards from September 28-30, with each performance starting at 7.
Pupils from County Durham got a taste of stardom when they were asked to tread the boards in Cambridge.
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BUDDING playwrights will get the chance to tread the boards at a Tudor manor house this summer.
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THESPIANS currently without a home in Nuneaton have been forced to hire a church hall to tread the boards for a charity show.
Chicago has attracted a string of names to tread the boards, with chart star Marti Pellow recruited earlier this year.