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English Dictionary: trace by the DICT Development Group
7 results for trace
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of an accent"
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): 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
    Synonym(s): 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
  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"
    Synonym(s): trace, follow
  2. make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
    Synonym(s): trace, draw, line, describe, delineate
  3. to go back over again; "we retraced the route we took last summer"; "trace your path"
    Synonym(s): trace, retrace
  4. pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him"
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): decipher, trace
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Trace \Trace\, n. (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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Primitive \Prim"i*tive\, a. [L. primitivus, fr. primus the
      first: cf. F. primitif. See {Prime}, a.]
      1. Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early
            times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as,
            primitive innocence; the primitive church. [bd]Our
            primitive great sire.[b8] --Milton.
      2. Of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned;
            characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of
      3. Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive
            verb in grammar.
      {Primitive axes of co[94]rdinate} (Geom.), that system of
            axes to which the points of a magnitude are first
            referred, with reference to a second set or system, to
            which they are afterward referred.
      {Primitive chord} (Mus.), that chord, the lowest note of
            which is of the same literal denomination as the
            fundamental base of the harmony; -- opposed to derivative.
            --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
      {Primitive circle} (Spherical Projection), the circle cut
            from the sphere to be projected, by the primitive plane.
      {Primitive colors} (Paint.), primary colors. See under
      {Primitive Fathers} (Eccl.), the acknowledged Christian
            writers who flourished before the Council of Nice, A. D.
            325. --Shipley.
      {Primitive groove} (Anat.), a depression or groove in the
            epiblast of the primitive streak. It is not connected with
            the medullary groove, which appears later and in front of
      {Primitive plane} (Spherical Projection), the plane upon
            which the projections are made, generally coinciding with
            some principal circle of the sphere, as the equator or a
      {Primitive rocks} (Geol.), primary rocks. See under
      {Primitive sheath}. (Anat.) See {Neurilemma}.
      {Primitive streak} [or] {trace} (Anat.), an opaque and
            thickened band where the mesoblast first appears in the
            vertebrate blastoderm.
      Syn: First; original; radical; pristine; ancient; primeval;
               antiquated; old-fashioned.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Trace \Trace\, v. i.
      To walk; to go; to travel. [Obs.]
               Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Trace \Trace\, n. [F. trais. pl. of trait. See {Trait}.]
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
      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.
      3. A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left
            when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token;
                     The shady empire shall retain no trace Of war or
                     blood, but in the sylvan chase.         --Pope.
      4. (Descriptive Geom. & Persp.) The intersection of a plane
            of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate
      5. (Fort.) The ground plan of a work or works.
      {Syn}.-Vestige; mark; token. See {Vestige}.
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