- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of traced
But then, if a clear line of causality could be traced, we wouldn't be talking about Palmer.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
The majority of the early cases were traced back to unsanitary needles.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
But much can be traced to the expansion of regulatory power.Dawn of the Age of Oligarchy: the Alliance between Government and the 1%
June 28, 2014
The historians involved have traced the cup back to King Fernando I of Spain (1037-1065).Spain’s New ‘Holy Grail’: Jesus Couldn’t Afford That Kind of Bling
April 6, 2014
The origins of the term dyslexia can be traced back to late nineteenth century Europe.Your Kid's Dyslexia Diagnosis Is B.S.
April 1, 2014
Historical Examples of traced
Division on public questions can no longer be traced by the war maps of 1861.
They had been traced eventually to a certain department, that in which Mary worked.Within the Law
Dilly bent, and traced the outline of a leaf with her finger.Meadow Grass
She traced the outline of her left eyebrow, and put it right.Little Dorrit
The theft of old Galloway's bank-note has been traced to Arthur Channing.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- 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.