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trail

[ treyl ]
/ treɪl /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

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Idioms for trail

    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

First recorded in 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”

synonym study for trail

22. See path.

OTHER WORDS FROM trail

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH trail

trail , trial (see synonym study at trial)
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British Dictionary definitions for trail

trail
/ (treɪl) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of trail

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

trail

see blaze a trail.

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