- 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
Origin of trace2
Examples from the Web for traces
Miller traces his irreverent and subversive streak to a psychedelic experience during the particularly sweltering summer of 1991.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy|Oliver Jones|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By the next day, more than 500 posts, and all traces of Wonderland, had been deleted.
He traces the history of ideas with skill and care, and he avoids the smug certainty of many contemporary science writers.
Meerson traces this scarcity of one-man performers back to a culture of collectivism that predates even the Communist revolution.
Traces of these mishaps began popping up during her Bangerz tour, which began early this year and ends in October.Miley Cyrus Channels Her Bad Year Into Rave-Kid Art|Justin Jones|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The most common plan is to lead two traces, so to speak, into one, as shown in the above illustration.
The traces are counted out on a sloping glass desk, and the time of flight of a projectile between two or more screens is found.
I found her lying very quietly, with the traces of tears still on her face; she addressed me quite gently.Uncle Max|Rosa Nouchette Carey
I returned to —, hiding before my employers the traces of my madness, and letting them wonder how grief had changed me.My Friend Smith|Talbot Baines Reed
I returned to the house and the garden, where traces were left to speak of her at every turn.The Woman in White|Wilkie Collins
- 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.
see kick over the traces.