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 trailedfalter, pull, lag, chase, draggle, stream, tarry, dog, dawdle, procrastinate, traipse, trace, dangle, tow, delay, plod, tail, linger, draw, halt
Examples from the Web for trailed
Contemporary Examples of trailed
But a poll released Monday gave Hanabusa a 3-point lead, after she had trailed for much of the campaign.Even Hawaii Hates Obama Now
August 8, 2014
Filmmaker Diana Whitten trailed Gomperts for seven years, capturing contentious missions to Spain and Morocco.Vessel's Dr. Rebecca Gomperts on Providing Abortions to Women in International Waters
March 9, 2014
Researching Network, Chayefsky trailed Richard Wald, then president of NBC News.Paddy Chayefsky: The Dark Prophet of ‘Network’ News
February 16, 2014
She was trailed distantly by John Kerry at 15 percent, Al Gore at 13 percent, and John Edwards at 12 percent.It’s 1,000 Days Too Early to Talk Hillary vs. Christie for President
Kristen Soltis Anderson
January 23, 2014
In the Season Two finale, he trailed Brody and Carrie to the lakefront cabin.‘Homeland’: The 7 Plot Points You Need to Remember for the Season 3 Premiere
September 27, 2013
Historical Examples of trailed
The Leopard Woman, not knowing what else to do, trailed after him.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Behind him trailed the Winchester regiment, now reorganized and mounted.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
"I guess I trailed it through some o' the drifts," he remarked.Tiverton Tales
Either of them on a road could have trailed us, step for step, and as long as we pleased.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
The girl must have trailed him to make sure they picked up the right man.Satellite System
Horace Brown Fyfe
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.