- tracing paper,
- tracing tape,
- track and field,
- track brake
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
Examples from the Web for 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|Curtis Stephen|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Alex Suskind|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Turning the tide of the epidemic, he says, will require “rigorous contact, tracing, and quarantining.”
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Anita Raghavan|May 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“He filled in the dips,” said Katrine tracing with a finger tip the delicate irregularities of her nose.An Unknown Lover|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
They were accompanied by a tracing, which is shown on the map.Successful Exploration Through the Interior of Australia|William John Wills
The relationship is readily seen on plotting one against the other and tracing the curves.The Preparation of Plantation Rubber|Sidney Morgan
Josiah Lethbridge looked down at the blotting-paper upon which he had been tracing grotesque figures without speaking.The Passion for Life|Joseph Hocking
They knew he had that number and they'd have someone on it, tracing everyone who called her.Tangle Hold|F. L. Wallace
- 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.