trail

[ treyl ]
/ treɪl /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Idioms

    trail arms, Military.
    1. 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.
    2. a command to trail arms.

Origin of trail

1275–1325; Middle English trailen to draw or drag in the rear; compare Old English træglian to tear off; cognate with Middle Dutch traghelen to drag; akin to Latvian dragât to tear off, drag

SYNONYMS FOR trail

3 trace, hunt.
22 See path.
23 spoor.

Related forms

Can be confused

trail trial (see synonym study at trial)
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British Dictionary definitions for trail away (1 of 2)

trail away

trail off


verb

(intr, adverb) to become fainter, quieter, or weakerhis voice trailed off

British Dictionary definitions for trail away (2 of 2)

trail

/ (treɪl) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

trail-less, adjective

Word Origin for trail

C14: from Old French trailler to draw, tow, from Vulgar Latin tragulāre (unattested), from Latin trāgula dragnet, from trahere to drag; compare Middle Dutch traghelen to drag
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Idioms and Phrases with trail away

trail


see blaze a trail.

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