1. a track or mark left by something that has passed;
- Example: "there as a trail of blood"
- Example: "a tear left its trail on her cheek"
2. a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country;
3. evidence pointing to a possible solution;
- Example: "the police are following a promising lead"
- Example: "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
[syn: lead, track, trail]
1. to lag or linger behind;
- Example: "But in so many other areas we still are dragging"
[syn: drag, trail, get behind, hang back, drop behind, drop back]
2. go after with the intent to catch;
- Example: "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"
- Example: "the dog chased the rabbit"
[syn: chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track]
3. move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly;
- Example: "John trailed behind his class mates"
- Example: "The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart"
[syn: trail, shack]
4. hang down so as to drag along the ground;
- Example: "The bride's veiled trailed along the ground"
5. drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground;
- Example: "The toddler was trailing his pants"
- Example: "She trained her long scarf behind her"
[syn: trail, train]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trail \Trail\, n. 1. A track left by man or beast; a track followed by the hunter; a scent on the ground by the animal pursued; as, a deer trail. [1913 Webster] They traveled in the bed of the brook, leaving no dangerous trail. --Cooper. [1913 Webster] How cheerfully on the false trail they cry! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A footpath or road track through a wilderness or wild region; as, an Indian trail over the plains. [1913 Webster] 3. Anything drawn out to a length; as, the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke. [1913 Webster] When lightning shoots in glittering trails along. --Rowe. [1913 Webster] 4. Anything drawn behind in long undulations; a train. "A radiant trail of hair." --Pope. [1913 Webster] 5. Anything drawn along, as a vehicle. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 6. A frame for trailing plants; a trellis. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 7. The entrails of a fowl, especially of game, as the woodcock, and the like; -- applied also, sometimes, to the entrails of sheep. [1913 Webster] The woodcock is a favorite with epicures, and served with its trail in, is a delicious dish. --Baird. [1913 Webster] 8. (Mil.) That part of the stock of a gun carriage which rests on the ground when the piece is unlimbered. See Illust. of Gun carriage, under Gun. [1913 Webster] 9. The act of taking advantage of the ignorance of a person; an imposition. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] Trail boards (Shipbuilding), the carved boards on both sides of the cutwater near the figurehead. Trail net, a net that is trailed or drawn behind a boat. --Wright. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trail \Trail\ (tr[=a]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trailed; p. pr. & vb. n. Trailing.] [OE. trailen, OF. trailler to trail a deer, or hunt him upon a cold scent, also, to hunt or pursue him with a limehound, F. trailler to trail a fishing line; probably from a derivative of L. trahere to draw; cf. L. traha a drag, sledge, tragula a kind of drag net, a small sledge, Sp. trailla a leash, an instrument for leveling the ground, D. treilen to draw with a rope, to tow, treil a rope for drawing a boat. See Trace, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. (a) To hunt by the track; to track. (b) to follow behind. (c) To pursue. --Halliwell. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. To draw or drag, as along the ground. [1913 Webster] And hung his head, and trailed his legs along. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] They shall not trail me through their streets Like a wild beast. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Long behind he trails his pompous robe. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mil.) To carry, as a firearm, with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle. [1913 Webster] 4. To tread down, as grass, by walking through it; to lay flat. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 5. To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly termed) trailing Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her ignorance. --C. Bronte. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trail \Trail\, v. i. 1. To be drawn out in length; to follow after. [1913 Webster] When his brother saw the red blood trail. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To grow to great length, especially when slender and creeping upon the ground, as a plant; to run or climb. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Trail, MN (city, FIPS 65344) Location: 47.78372 N, 95.69906 W Population (1990): 67 (36 housing units) Area: 2.6 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 56684 Trail, OR Zip code(s): 97541Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
235 Moby Thesaurus words for "trail": afterclap, aftercrop, aftereffect, afterglow, aftergrowth, afterimage, aftermath, afterpart, afterpiece, aftertaste, alameda, aroma, attend, back, back up, bag, beat, beaten path, beaten track, bedog, berm, bicycle path, boardwalk, breath, bridle path, cascade, catwalk, chase, chivy, come after, come behind, come last, condensation trail, contrail, course, daggle, dally, dangle, dawdle, decrease, definite odor, delay, depend, detectable odor, die out, dillydally, diminish, disappear, displace, dog, drabble, drag, drag along, draggle, drape, draw, drive, droop, dwindle, effluvium, emanate, emanation, ensue, esplanade, essence, exhalation, fade away, fade out, falcon, fall, fall astern, fall back, fall behind, falter, fastwalk, flag, flap, flavor, flop, flow, flush, follow, follow a clue, follow after, follow the hounds, follow up, foot pavement, footpath, footprints, footsteps, footway, fowl, fragrance, fume, garden path, get behind, go after, go back, go backwards, go behind, go hunting, goof off, groove, grow dim, gun, hale, halt, hang, hang back, hang down, haul, hawk, heave, heel, hiking trail, hound, hunt, hunt down, issue, jack, jacklight, lag, lag behind, lessen, line, linger, linger behind, loiter, lollygag, lop, lug, mall, move, move behind, nod, nose, nose out, odor, overtake, parade, path, pathway, pend, peter out, piste, plod, poke, prado, procrastinate, promenade, prowl after, public walk, pull, pursue, queue, redolence, regress, replace, result, retrogress, revert, ride to hounds, route, run, run down, run to earth, runway, rut, sag, savor, scent, shadow, shikar, shilly-shally, shoot, sidewalk, signs, smell, smell out, snake, sniff out, spoor, sport, stalk, start, stench, still-hunt, straggle, stream, string along, subside, subtle odor, succeed, supervene, swag, sweep, swing, tab, tag, tag after, tag along, tail, tailgate, tailpiece, take in tow, taper off, tarry, tow, towing path, towpath, trace, trace down, traces, track, track down, trail after, trail behind, trailer, train, traipse, trawl, tread close upon, troll, trottoir, trudge, tug, vapor trail, wake, walk, walkway, waste time, way, weaken, weep, whiff