verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- traherne, thomas,
- trail away,
- trail bike,
- trail boss,
- trail herd,
- trail man
- 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
Examples from the Web for trailing
Trailing only the economy, education and classroom issues dominated thinking among voters nationwide.
Braley is trailing Republican Joni Ernst by a slight margin heading into Election Day.
But after pulling ahead of Nunn in September, three recent polls have shown Perdue tying or trailing her.
In April, Wehby was the front-runner; now, she is trailing badly and Oregon is safely in the D column.
With a 34 percent approval rating, Brownback is now trailing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Paul Davis.The Kansas Independent Who Could Control the Senate|John Avlon|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But trailing clouds of glory, do we come From God, who is our home: Heaven lies about us in our infancy!Familiar Quotations|Various
But previously there is the other little formality of purchasing the trailing garments of the Profession.
Suspicion slid down the banisters of his mind, trailing a blue ribbon.A Christmas Garland|Max Beerbohm
They were trailing through a dense forest, with trees on every side, lifting their heads a hundred feet and more to the sky.Marching on Niagara|Edward Stratemeyer
Slowly the globe with its trailing tentacles moved about the room.Hunters Out of Space|Joseph Everidge Kelleam
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.