trace

1
[ treys ]
/ treɪs /

noun

verb (used with object), traced, trac·ing.

verb (used without object), traced, trac·ing.


Nearby words

  1. trabeculoplasty,
  2. trabeculotomy,
  3. trabs,
  4. trabzon,
  5. tracasserie,
  6. trace element,
  7. trace fossil,
  8. traceable,
  9. traceless,
  10. tracelessly

Origin of trace

1
1250–1300; late Middle English tracen, Middle English: to make one's way, proceed < Middle French tracier < Vulgar Latin *tractiāre, derivative of Latin tractus, past participle of trahere to draw, drag; (noun) Middle English: orig., way, course, line of footprints < Old French, derivative of tracier

SYNONYMS FOR trace
1. T race , vestige agree in denoting marks or signs of something, usually of the past. T race , the broader term, denotes any mark or slight indication of something past or present: a trace of ammonia in water. V estige is more limited and refers to some slight, though actual, remains of something that no longer exists: vestiges of one's former wealth. 2. hint, suggestion, taste, touch. 5. spoor, trail, record. 15. trail.

Related formsun·traced, adjective

trace

2
[ treys ]
/ treɪs /

noun

either of the two straps, ropes, or chains by which a carriage, wagon, or the like is drawn by a harnessed horse or other draft animal.
a piece in a machine, as a bar, transferring the movement of one part to another part, being hinged to each.

Origin of trace

2
1300–50; Middle English trais < Middle French, plural of trait strap for harness, action of drawing < Latin tractus a drawing, dragging; see tract1

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British Dictionary definitions for trace

trace

1
/ (treɪs) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

Word Origin for trace

C13: from French tracier, from Vulgar Latin tractiāre (unattested) to drag, from Latin tractus, from trahere to drag

noun

either of the two side straps that connect a horse's harness to the swingletree
angling a length of nylon or, formerly, gut attaching a hook or fly to a line
kick over the traces to escape or defy control

Word Origin for trace

C14 trais, from Old French trait, ultimately from Latin trahere to drag

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Word Origin and History for trace
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