[ 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.

Origin of tracing

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

Definition for tracing (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

un·traced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tracing (1 of 3)


/ (ˈtreɪsɪŋ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for tracing (2 of 3)


/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for tracing (3 of 3)


/ (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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Medicine definitions for tracing


[ trāsĭng ]


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