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trample

[tram-puh l] /ˈtræm pəl/
verb (used without object), trampled, trampling.
1.
to tread or step heavily and noisily; stamp.
2.
to tread heavily, roughly, or crushingly (usually followed by on, upon, or over):
to trample on a flower bed.
3.
to act in a harsh, domineering, or cruel manner, as if treading roughly (usually followed by on, upon, or over):
to trample on another's feelings.
verb (used with object), trampled, trampling.
4.
to tread heavily, roughly, or carelessly on or over; tread underfoot.
5.
to domineer harshly over; crush:
to trample law and order.
6.
to put out or extinguish by trampling (usually followed by out):
to trample out a fire.
noun
7.
the act of trampling.
8.
the sound of trampling.
Origin of trample
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English tramplen to stamp (cognate with German trampeln); see tramp, -le
Related forms
trampler, noun
untrampled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for trampled
Historical Examples
  • trampled down by the ignoble feet of strangers, its springs still retain force enough to restore itself.

    English Past and Present Richard Chevenix Trench
  • trampled vegetation showed them the path to the firing place.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • trampled upon, broken-spirited, and as if that's not enough, in my idiocy I must needs fall in love!

    The Storm Aleksandr Nicolaevich Ostrovsky
  • trampled by the buffalo, every bush and low tree had been stripped bare.

    Scouting with Daniel Boone Everett T. Tomlinson
  • trampled by muddy German boots were the fine whiteness of French bed-linen.

    Sketches of the East Africa Campaign Robert Valentine Dolbey
  • trampled upon by the terrified horses and wounded by the arrows, they lay writhing on the ground in agony.

  • trampled up from the dry fields by fighting men in scores of thousands it rose in vast floating clouds that permeated everything.

    The Sword of Antietam Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for trampled

trample

/ˈtræmpəl/
verb when intr, usually foll by on, upon, or over
1.
to stamp or walk roughly (on): to trample the flowers
2.
to encroach (upon) so as to violate or hurt: to trample on someone's feelings
noun
3.
the action or sound of trampling
Derived Forms
trampler, noun
Word Origin
C14: frequentative of tramp; compare Middle High German trampeln
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Word Origin and History for trampled

trample

v.

late 14c., "to walk heavily," frequentative form of tramp. Transitive sense is first found 1520s. Related: Trampled; trampling.

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