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
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. --Cowper.
You may trace the deluge quite round the globe. --T.
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.
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.