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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
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 trampling
  • Bingeing on fermented fruits, inebriated elephants go on trampling sprees and wasted birds plummet from their perches.
  • They cannot prove that the marks are not the result of trampling, he insists.
  • They contend that the alleged butchery marks are better explained as marks inflicted by animals trampling on the bones.
  • But scientists have found a new ally in the struggle to keep elephants from trampling crops: honeybees.
  • Apparently trampling newly sown seed produces happy carrots.
  • But he says few new conifers are sprouting, possibly from too much trampling.
  • The horses' grazing and trampling endangers native wildlife such as ground-nesting birds and sea turtles.
  • And trampling with his hoofs, the blunted weapons broke.
  • There was a shouting all about him, a trampling of feet, and a cheer that seemed to be answered faintly.
  • The workaday world could carry on its business without trampling the memory of the dead.
British Dictionary definitions for trampling

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 trampling

trample

v.

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

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