Origin of tracing
- 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
Related Words for tracingunearth, detect, track, discover, pursue, determine, ascertain, find, discern, sketch, depict, chart, hunt, spot, perceive, spoor, trail, stalk, shadow, delineate
Examples from the Web for tracing
Contemporary Examples of tracing
What was the process like in tracing through these memories?George Clinton on Industry ‘Mobsters’ and How Nobody Wants to Listen to a Crackhead
November 19, 2014
Fans and novices soon became swept up in the movement, tracing each work like buried treasure.Catch Him If You Can: Reliving Banksy’s New York Invasion
November 14, 2014
Turning the tide of the epidemic, he says, will require “rigorous contact, tracing, and quarantining.”Blood Is Ebola’s Weapon and Weakness
October 26, 2014
Most stars in the Milky Way have humdrum lives, tracing slow predictable orbits around the galactic center.The Hypervelocity Star That’s Being Booted from the Galaxy
Matthew R. Francis
May 11, 2014
In tracing their paths, I learned being dutiful is a choice—an opportunity, not an obligation.If You Grow Up Indian-American, College Graduation Isn’t Enough
May 31, 2013
Historical Examples of tracing
He also gave me a copy of the sonnet and a tracing of his son's photograph.My Double Life
He slid to his feet and went about tracing it with his little up-tilted nose.The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
He never wearied of tracing the features of one so fair and good as she.
He went on tracing elaborate patterns on the floor for a good while.An Outcast of the Islands
I unfolded the tracing paper and found on it drawings of a machine gun.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
- 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.