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Noun: tracing  trey-sing
  1. The act of drawing a plan, diagram or outline
     
  2. A drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image
    - trace
     
  3. The discovery and description of the course of development of something
    "the tracing of genealogies"
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

Derived forms: tracings

Type of: analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], canvas, canvass, chase, chase after, continue, copy, detect, discover, discovery, dog, drafting, draftsmanship [US], draughtsmanship [Brit, Cdn], drawing, examine, find, give chase, go after, go forward, mark, notice, observe, proceed, read, re-create, return, study, tag, tail, track, trail, uncovering

Encyclopedia: Tracing

Trace, WV