trace

1
[treys]

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]

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 traces

trace

1

noun

a mark or other sign that something has been in a place; vestige
a tiny or scarcely detectable amount or characteristic
a footprint or other indication of the passage of an animal or person
any line drawn by a recording instrument or a record consisting of a number of such lines
something drawn, such as a tracing
mainly US a beaten track or path
the postulated alteration in the cells of the nervous system that occurs as the result of any experience or learningSee also memory trace, engram
geometry the intersection of a surface with a coordinate plane
maths the sum of the diagonal entries of a square matrix
linguistics a symbol inserted in the constituent structure of a sentence to mark the position from which a constituent has been moved in a generative process
meteorol an amount of precipitation that is too small to be measured
archaic a way taken; route

verb

(tr) to follow, discover, or ascertain the course or development of (something)to trace the history of China
(tr) to track down and find, as by following a trail
to copy (a design, map, etc) by drawing over the lines visible through a superimposed sheet of transparent paper or other material
(tr often foll by out)
  1. to draw or delineate a plan or diagram ofshe spent hours tracing the models one at a time
  2. to outline or sketch (an idea, policy, etc)he traced out his scheme for the robbery
(tr) to decorate with tracery
(tr) to imprint (a design) on cloth, etc
(usually foll by back) to follow or be followed to source; date backhis ancestors trace back to the 16th century
archaic to make one's way over, through, or along (something)
Derived Forms

Word Origin for trace

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

trace

2

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 traces
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Idioms and Phrases with traces

traces

see kick over the traces.

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