Definition of Trace
1. Noun. A just detectable amount. "He speaks French with a trace of an accent"
Generic synonyms: Small Indefinite Amount, Small Indefinite Quantity
Specialized synonyms: Spark
2. Verb. Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something. "Trace the student's progress"
Related verbs: Follow, Keep Abreast, Keep Up, Follow, Keep An Eye On, Observe, Watch, Watch Over
Generic synonyms: Analyse, Analyze, Canvas, Canvass, Examine, Study
3. Noun. An indication that something has been present. "A tincture of condescension"
Specialized synonyms: Footprint
Generic synonyms: Indicant, Indication
4. Verb. Make a mark or lines on a surface. "Trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
Generic synonyms: Mark
Specialized synonyms: Construct, Inscribe, Circumscribe, Circumscribe, Write
Related verbs: Draw, Draw
Derivative terms: Delineation, Delineation, Drawing, Line, Lineation, Lineation, Tracer, Tracing
5. Noun. A suggestion of some quality. "He detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
6. Verb. To go back over again. "Trace your path"
7. Noun. A drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image.
8. Verb. Pursue or chase relentlessly. "The detectives hounded the suspect until they found him"
Generic synonyms: Chase, Chase After, Dog, Give Chase, Go After, Tag, Tail, Track, Trail
Specialized synonyms: Ferret
Derivative terms: Hound, Hunt, Hunt, Hunter
9. Noun. Either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree.
10. Verb. Discover traces of. "She traced the circumstances of her birth"
11. Noun. A visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle.
12. Verb. Make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along. "The women traced the pasture"
13. Verb. Copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of. "Trace a pattern"
14. Verb. Read with difficulty. "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"
Definition of Trace
1. n. One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whiffletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
2. n. A mark left by anything passing; a track; a path; a course; a footprint; a vestige; as, the trace of a carriage or sled; the trace of a deer; a sinuous trace.
3. v. t. To mark out; to draw or delineate with marks; especially, to copy, as a drawing or engraving, by following the lines and marking them on a sheet superimposed, through which they appear; as, to trace a figure or an outline; a traced drawing.
4. v. i. To walk; to go; to travel.
5. n. A connecting bar or rod, pivoted at each end to the end of another piece, for transmitting motion, esp. from one plane to another; specif., such a piece in an organ-stop action to transmit motion from the trundle to the lever actuating the stop slider.
Definition of Trace
1. Noun. An act of tracing. ¹
2. Noun. A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal. ¹
3. Noun. A very small amount. ¹
4. Noun. (electronics) An electric current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board. ¹
5. Noun. An informal road or prominent path in an arid area. ¹
6. Noun. (mathematics) The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix. ¹
7. Verb. To follow the trail of. ¹
8. Verb. To follow the history of. ¹
9. Verb. To draw or sketch. ¹
10. Verb. To copy onto a sheet of transparent paper. ¹
11. Verb. (obsolete) To walk; to go; to travel. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Trace
1. to follow the course of [v TRACED, TRACING, TRACES]
Medical Definition of Trace
1. To mark out; to draw or delineate with marks; especially, to copy, as a drawing or engraving, by following the lines and marking them on a sheet superimposed, through which they appear; as, to trace a figure or an outline; a traced drawing. "Some faintly traced features or outline of the mother and the child, slowly lading into the twilight of the woods." (Hawthorne)
2. To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks, or tokens. "You may trace the deluge quite round the globe." (T. Burnet) "I feel thy power . . . To trace the ways Of highest agents." (Milton)
3. Hence, to follow the trace or track of. "How all the way the prince on footpace traced." (Spenser)
4. To copy; to imitate. "That servile path thou nobly dost decline, Of tracing word, and line by line." (Denham)
5. To walk over; to pass through; to traverse. "We do tracethis alley up and down." (Shak)
Origin: OF. Tracier, F. Tracer, from (assumed) LL. Tractiare, fr.L. Tractus, p. P. Of trahere to draw. Cf. Abstract, Attract, Contract, Portratt, Tract, Trail, Train, Treat.
1. A mark left by anything passing; a track; a path; a course; a footprint; a vestige; as, the trace of a carriage or sled; the trace of a deer; a sinuous trace.
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Literary usage of Trace
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Annual Report (1873)
"Sodium sulphate 81.7 80.2 Potassium sulphate 2.3 trace. Sodium chloride 12.8 13.4 Carbonate of lime 10.7 11.0 Carbonate of iron trace. trace. ..."
2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare, William George Clark, William Aldis Wright (1878)
"... Macduff I will surprise; 150 Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o' the sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls That trace him in his line. ..."
3. An American Text-book of Physiology by William Henry Howell (1900)
"The Pulse-trace.—The rise and fall of a pulsating human artery, if near enough to the skin, may be made to raise and lower the recording lever of a somewhat ..."
4. Modern perspective: a treatise upon the principles and practice of plane and by William Robert Ware (1882)
"To find the trace of the system ; that is to say: — Given a line by its vanishing-point, VT, — To find the trace of planes normal to it. .'. ..."
5. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1894)
"The last trace of asphaltene, insoluble in either turpentine or carbon ... Dissolves a trace. the slightest trace. Dissolves a trace. the slightest trace. ..."