Again and again, they have fulfilled their missions without leaving much of a trace.
“Hillary did not make the last cut,” Plouffe explains, without a trace of disappointment.
For example the third generation of young poles playing klezmer music, rather self-consciously, is a trace.
But most diamonds, especially rough diamonds, like many of those in the airport booty, are notoriously hard to trace.
Anti-vaccination ignorance continues to kill and injure people in communities that should have no trace of such disease.
There's great thoughts in that bit of twisted 'bacco there, if I only have the wit to trace 'em.
But there's no higher mentality to develop—not a trace of empathy.
Still there was no trace of grossness in their form or expression.
They might never have existed, for all the trace he could find of them in the city of a million.
Every spot of color on bird or insect it finds to be the trace of a utility.
late 14c., "to make a plan or diagram," from Old French trasser "delineate, score, trace, follow, pursue" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tractiare "delineate, score, trace" (cf. Spanish trazar "to trace, devise, plan out," Italian tracciare "to follow by foot"), from Latin tractus "track, course," literally "a drawing out," from past participle stem of trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Meaning "to pass over" (a path, etc.) is attested from late 14c.; that of "track down, follow the trail of" is early 15c., from trace (n.1). Sense of "draw an outline of" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "copy a drawing on a transparent sheet laid over it" is recorded from 1762. Related: Traced; tracing.
"track made by passage of a person or thing," mid-13c., from Old French trace, back-formation from tracier (see trace (v.)). Scientific sense of "indication of minute presence in some chemical compound" is from 1827. Traces "vestiges" is from c.1400.
"straps or chains by which an animal pulls a vehicle," c.1300, from earlier collective plural trays, from Old French traiz, plural of trait "strap for harnessing, act of drawing," from Latin tractus "a drawing, track," from stem of trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (1)).