Definition of Trailing

1. Noun. The pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or marks they left behind.

Exact synonyms: Tracking
Category relationships: Animal, Animate Being, Beast, Brute, Creature, Fauna
Generic synonyms: Chase, Following, Pursual, Pursuit
Derivative terms: Track, Trail

Definition of Trailing

1. Adjective. (rail transport of points and crossovers) to converge in the direction of travel ¹

2. Verb. (present participle of trail) ¹

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Definition of Trailing

1. trail [v] - See also: trail

Medical Definition of Trailing

1. Trailing spring, a spring fixed in the axle box of the trailing wheels of a locomotive engine, and so placed as to assist in deadening any shock which may occur. Trailing wheel, a hind wheel of a locomotive when it is not a driving wheel; also, one of the hind wheels of a carriage. (11 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trailing

trailing (current term)
trailing arbutus
trailing axle
trailing commission
trailing edge
trailing edges
trailing four o'clock
trailing points
trailing truck
trailing wheel
trailing windmills

Literary usage of Trailing

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1. How to Know the Wild Flowers: A Guide to the Names, Haunts, and Habits of by Frances Theodora Parsons, Marion Satterlee (1900)
"With rusty hairs ; prostrate or trailing. Leaves. ... Pink, small and punctual, Aromatic, low," describes, but does scant justice to the trailing arbutus, ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The species, of which about 20 have been described, are natives of warm and temperate climates and are mostly American. They are often trailing, have fleshy ..."

3. A Treatise on the System of Evidence in Trials at Common Law: Including the by John Henry Wigmore (1915)
"1909, McDonald r. State, 165 Ala. 85, 51 So. 629 (admitted ; here the uncertainty of the evidence was exhibited by the dogs' trailing of two ..."

4. The Gardeners Dictionaryby Philip Miller by Philip Miller (1754)
"Annual marit:me trailing Milk vetch, with broad Leaves, arid the Flowers ... Ind. Annual trailing Milk- vetch, with purple Flowers growing in Chillers. 8. ..."

5. Proceedings by Natural Gas Association of America, Modern Language Association of America (1917)
"This wrinkle solved a problem that had caused considerable damage to the bottom of the large maps from trailing on the floor when in use. ..."

6. The Flora of British India by Joseph Dalton Hooker (1879)
"A perennial, with slender firm trailing ... An annual, with slender trailing densely ... trailing stems ..."

7. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1916)
"Dwarf shrub with trailing and rooting branches, scarcely exceeding 1 ft.: Ivs. narrow- oblong, occasionally obovate, revolute and usually serrulate above ..."

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