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
Examples from the Web for trailing
Contemporary Examples of trailing
Trailing only the economy, education and classroom issues dominated thinking among voters nationwide.Why Voters Love Common Core
Harold Ford Jr.
November 28, 2014
Braley is trailing Republican Joni Ernst by a slight margin heading into Election Day.Pro-Life Group Sends Over The Top Mailer
October 31, 2014
But after pulling ahead of Nunn in September, three recent polls have shown Perdue tying or trailing her.The GOP’s Really Big Problem in Georgia
October 22, 2014
In April, Wehby was the front-runner; now, she is trailing badly and Oregon is safely in the D column.What Do Women Want? Not the GOP
September 8, 2014
With a 34 percent approval rating, Brownback is now trailing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Paul Davis.The Kansas Independent Who Could Control the Senate
September 6, 2014
Historical Examples of trailing
And Jud, with a stricken look, crossed the floor with trailing feet.Way of the Lawless
At a second glance Jake noticed that the Horse was trailing the rope.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
The wind increased, and in it came by-and-by the trailing skirts of a cloud.Wilfrid Cumbermede
They were trailing a hot scent, a pastime as well as a work that was their life.The Law-Breakers
He ran on at top speed with Murgatroyd trailing anxiously behind.Pariah Planet
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.