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Verb: trace  treys
  1. Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
    "trace the student's progress";
    - follow
     
  2. Make a mark or lines on a surface
    "trace the outline of a figure in the sand";
    - draw, line, describe, delineate
     
  3. To go back over again
    "trace your path";
    - retrace
     
  4. Pursue or chase relentlessly
    "The hunters traced the deer into the woods";
    - hound, hunt
     
  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
    "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs";
    - decipher
Noun: trace  treys
  1. A just detectable amount
    "he speaks French with a trace of an accent";
    - hint, suggestion
     
  2. An indication that something has been present
    "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim";
    - vestige, tincture, shadow
     
  3. A suggestion of some quality
    "there was a trace of sarcasm in his tone";
    - touch, 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
    - tracing
     
  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, animal or vehicle

Derived forms: tracing, traces, traced

Type of: analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], canvas, canvass, chase, chase after, continue, copy, detect, discover, dog, drawing, examine, find, give chase, go after, go forward, indicant, indication, line, mark, notice, observe, print, proceed, proffer, proposition, read, re-create, return, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, study, suggestion, tag, tail, track, trail

Part of: harness

Encyclopedia: Trace, WV