- 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.
Origin of trace1
Synonyms for trace
Antonyms for trace
Origin of trace2
Related Words for tracevestige, relic, speck, particle, whiff, fragment, smell, hint, element, strain, touch, remnant, shred, indication, taste, footprint, proof, tinge, remains, unearth
Examples from the Web for trace
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 3, 2015
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
November 29, 2014
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
November 17, 2014
And it is nearly impossible to trace each knockoff to each patient or to confirm how many were affected.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
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
September 15, 2014
Historical Examples of trace
Only in one respect does he show any trace of advancing years.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
There was no trace of the body in the waters, no drop of blood on the rocks.Way of the Lawless
He had not been to the bank for two days before, and no trace of him was to be found.Weighed and Wanting
From some other of the author's letters we are able to trace the gradual growth of the work.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Then, as a new thought came to the magnate, he spoke with a trace of anxiety.Within the Law
- 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.