- the intersection of two planes, or of a plane and a surface.
- the sum of the elements along the principal diagonal of a square matrix.
- the geometric locus of an equation.
verb (used with object), traced, trac·ing.
verb (used without object), traced, trac·ing.
- trace element,
- trace fossil,
Origin of trace1
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Examples from the Web for trace
Throughout all the stories of loss and pain with the Chief, there was barely a trace of emotion.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Recently, when whistleblowers finally surfaced, the Home Office officials could find no trace of the dossier.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He mounted a Trace Elliot amplifier on the back of the truck.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs|Allen Barra|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And it is nearly impossible to trace each knockoff to each patient or to confirm how many were affected.
Earlier translations of a handful of the books, known as the SAS series in France, sank without a trace in the United States.This Sexy Thriller Is Just the Document the Benghazi Commission Needs|Christopher Dickey|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The simple fact was, that Pope's grandfather, the highest they could trace the family, was a clergyman in Hampshire.
Now, we said, we will trace out the nest and make a drawing of it.Wasps|George W. Peckham
The trace of anger was gone from Krafft's voice now and it was heavy with fatigue and defeat.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
There was a trace of the old school of caricature in the large noses and thin legs which he gave his p. 49figures.Lost Leaders|Andrew Lang
His object was to remove every trace of himself as he passed onward to the goal ahead of him—to obliterate his tracks entirely.In the Day of Adversity|John Bloundelle-Burton
- to draw or delineate a plan or diagram ofshe spent hours tracing the models one at a time
- to outline or sketch (an idea, policy, etc)he traced out his scheme for the robbery
Word Origin for trace
Word Origin for trace
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.
"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)).
"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.