verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to hold a rifle in the right hand at an oblique angle, with the muzzle forward and the butt a few inches off the ground.
- a command to trail arms.
Origin of trail
Synonyms for trail
Related Words for trailaisle, stream, route, train, road, pathway, falter, pull, lag, chase, trace, scent, spoor, mark, tail, wake, rut, way, footpath, groove
Examples from the Web for trail
Contemporary Examples of trail
To break her self-destructive cycle and heal, she decides to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo.Exclusive: The Making of Reese Witherspoon’s Golden Globe-Nominated ‘Wild’
December 12, 2014
Mothers pushed their children's heads down and they sped through town, leaving a trail of machine-gun shells in their wake.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
One seemed particularly promising, by a trail with a big pile of natural brush to furnish a screen.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins'
November 14, 2014
Instead, that trail seems to lead to another Spinal Solutions contractor, Ryan Zavilenski.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
The band has not only blazed a trail for free-media artists, but they also had a blast in the process.Viral Video Pioneers: How Pomplamoose is Turning YouTube Stardom Into a Sustainable Profession
October 27, 2014
Historical Examples of trail
After all, it was not a simple thing to put Bill Dozier off the trail.
You're a proud man; you've never quit a trail yet before the end of it.
When he got on my trail he knew that I was just a scared kid who thought he'd killed a man.
At least, they would go with caution down his trail after that first check.
But, speakin' personal, this trail looks more and more interestin' to me.
Word Origin for trail
c.1300, "to hang down loosely and flow behind," from Old French trailler "to tow," ultimately from Vulgar Latin *tragulare "to drag," from Latin tragula "dragnet," probably related to trahere "to pull" (see tract (n.1)). The meaning "follow the trail of" (an animal, etc.) is first recorded late 14c. Related: Trailed; trailing.
early 14c., "trailing part of a robe, gown, etc.," from the source of trail (v.). The meaning "track or smell left by a person or animal" is also from 1580s. Meaning "path or track worn in wilderness" is attested from 1807.
see blaze a trail.