[ trey-sing ]
/ ˈtreɪ sɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that traces.
something that is produced by tracing.
a copy of a drawing, map, plan, etc., made by tracing on a transparent sheet placed over the original.
the record made by a self-registering instrument.

Nearby words

  1. trachycarpous,
  2. trachyspermous,
  3. trachyte,
  4. trachytic,
  5. trachytoid,
  6. tracing paper,
  7. tracing tape,
  8. track,
  9. track and field,
  10. track brake

Origin of tracing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at trace1, -ing1


[ treys ]
/ treɪs /


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

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

Origin of trace

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tracing


/ (ˈtreɪsɪŋ) /


a copy made by tracing
the act of making a trace
a record made by an instrument


/ (treɪs) /



Derived Forms

Word Origin for trace

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


/ (treɪs) /


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 tracing
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Medicine definitions for tracing


[ trāsĭng ]


A graphic record of mechanical or electrical events that is recorded by a pointed instrument.

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