Meaning of trample

tram•ple

Pronunciation: (tram'pul), [key]
— v., n. -pled, -pling,
—v.i.
  1. to tread or step heavily and noisily; stamp.
  2. to tread heavily, roughly, or crushingly (usually fol. 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 fol. by on, upon, or over): to trample on another's feelings.
—v.t.
  1. to tread heavily, roughly, or carelessly on or over; tread underfoot.
  2. to domineer harshly over; crush: to trample law and order.
  3. to put out or extinguish by trampling (usually fol. by out): to trample out a fire.
—n.
  1. the act of trampling.
  2. the sound of trampling.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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