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NOUN (6)

1. a just detectable amount;
- Example: "he speaks French with a trace of an accent"
[syn: trace, hint, suggestion]

2. an indication that something has been present;
- Example: "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"
- Example: "a tincture of condescension"
[syn: trace, vestige, tincture, shadow]

3. a suggestion of some quality;
- Example: "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"
- Example: "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
[syn: touch, trace, ghost]

4. a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image;
[syn: tracing, trace]

5. either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree;

6. a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle;


VERB (8)

1. follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something;
- Example: "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ;
- Example: "trace the student's progress"
[syn: trace, follow]

2. make a mark or lines on a surface;
- Example: "draw a line"
- Example: "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
[syn: trace, draw, line, describe, delineate]

3. to go back over again;
- Example: "we retraced the route we took last summer"
- Example: "trace your path"
[syn: trace, retrace]

4. pursue or chase relentlessly;
- Example: "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"
- Example: "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him"
[syn: hound, hunt, trace]

5. discover traces of;
- Example: "She traced the circumstances of her birth"

6. make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along;
- Example: "The children traced along the edge of the dark forest"
- Example: "The women traced the pasture"

7. copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of;
- Example: "trace a design"
- Example: "trace a pattern"

8. read with difficulty;
- Example: "Can you decipher this letter?"
- Example: "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"
[syn: decipher, trace]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trace \Trace\, n. [F. trais. pl. of trait. See Trait.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mech.) 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trace \Trace\, n. [F. trace. See Trace, v. t. ] 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. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem. & Min.) A very small quantity of an element or compound in a given substance, especially when so small that the amount is not quantitatively determined in an analysis; -- hence, in stating an analysis, often contracted to tr. [1913 Webster] 3. A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token; vestige. [1913 Webster] The shady empire shall retain no trace Of war or blood, but in the sylvan chase. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 4. (Descriptive Geom. & Persp.) The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane. [1913 Webster] 5. (Fort.) The ground plan of a work or works. [1913 Webster] Syn.-Vestige; mark; token. See Vestige. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trace \Trace\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. traced; p. pr. & vb. n. tracing.] [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. 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. [1913 Webster] Some faintly traced features or outline of the mother and the child, slowly lading into the twilight of the woods. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] 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. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] You may trace the deluge quite round the globe. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster] I feel thy power . . . to trace the ways Of highest agents. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence, to follow the trace or track of. [1913 Webster] How all the way the prince on footpace traced. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 4. To copy; to imitate. [1913 Webster] That servile path thou nobly dost decline, Of tracing word, and line by line. --Denham. [1913 Webster] 5. To walk over; to pass through; to traverse. [1913 Webster] We do tracethis alley up and down. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trace \Trace\, v. i. To walk; to go; to travel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

trace n 1: a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of an accent" [syn: trace, hint, suggestion] 2: an indication that something has been present; "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of condescension" [syn: trace, vestige, tincture, shadow] 3: a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face" [syn: touch, trace, ghost] 4: a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image [syn: tracing, trace] 5: either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree 6: a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle v 1: follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress" [syn: trace, follow] 2: make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: trace, draw, line, describe, delineate] 3: to go back over again; "we retraced the route we took last summer"; "trace your path" [syn: trace, retrace] 4: pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him" [syn: hound, hunt, trace] 5: discover traces of; "She traced the circumstances of her birth" 6: make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along; "The children traced along the edge of the dark forest"; "The women traced the pasture" 7: copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of; "trace a design"; "trace a pattern" 8: read with difficulty; "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs" [syn: decipher, trace]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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