trace

noun (1)
\ˈtrās \

Definition of trace 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a minute and often barely detectable amount or indication a trace of a smile

b : an amount of a chemical constituent not always quantitatively determinable because of minuteness

2a : a mark or line left by something that has passed also : footprint

b : a path, trail, or road made by the passage of animals, people, or vehicles

3a : a sign or evidence of some past thing : vestige

b : engram

4 : something (such as a line) traced or drawn: such as

a : the marking made by a recording instrument (such as a seismograph or kymograph)

b : the ground plan of a military installation or position either on a map or on the ground

5a : the intersection of a line or plane with a plane

b : the usually bright line or spot that moves across the screen of a cathode-ray tube also : the path taken by such a line or spot

6 archaic : a course or path that one follows

trace

verb
traced; tracing

Definition of trace (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : delineate, sketch

b : to form (letters, figures, etc.) carefully or painstakingly

c : to copy (something, such as a drawing) by following the lines or letters as seen through a transparent superimposed sheet

d : to impress or imprint (a design or pattern) with a tracer

e : to record a tracing of in the form of a curved, wavy, or broken line trace the heart action

f : to adorn with linear ornamentation (such as tracery or chasing)

2a : to follow or study out in detail or step by step trace the history of the war

b : to discover by going backward over the evidence step by step trace your ancestry

c : to discover signs, evidence, or remains of

d : to follow the footprints, track, or trail of

3 : to lay out the trace of (a military installation)

4 archaic : to travel over : traverse

intransitive verb

1 : to make one's way especially : to follow a track or trail

2 : to be traceable historically

trace

noun (2)

Definition of trace (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : either of two straps, chains, or lines of a harness for attaching a draft animal to something (such as a vehicle) to be drawn

3 : one or more vascular bundles supplying a leaf or twig

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Other Words from trace

Noun (1)

traceless \ˈtrās-​ləs \ adjective

Verb

traceability \ˌtrā-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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Noun (1)

trace, vestige, track mean a perceptible sign made by something that has passed. trace may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect. the killer left no traces vestige applies to a tangible reminder such as a fragment or remnant of what is past and gone. boulders that are vestiges of the last ice age track implies a continuous line that can be followed. the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs

Examples of trace in a Sentence

Verb

The children traced their hands onto the sidewalk with chalk. You can put a piece of paper over the pattern and trace it. She traced the letters of her name. We will need to trace the electrical wires through the walls. The word “amiable” traces back to the Latin word for “friend.”
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First Known Use of trace

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trace

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from tracer to trace

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French tracer, from Vulgar Latin *tractiare to drag, from Latin tractus, past participle of trahere to pull

Noun (2)

Middle English trais, from Anglo-French tres, plural of trait pull, draft, trace — more at trait

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trace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trace

: to draw the outline of (something); especially : to copy (a design or picture) by putting a thin piece of paper that you can see through over it and drawing on top of it

: to draw (something, such as letters or a picture) especially in a careful way

: to follow the path or line of (something)

trace

noun
\ˈtrās \

Kids Definition of trace

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a mark left by something that has passed or is past “… she seems to have vanished without trace …”— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

2 : a very small amount He speaks with a trace of an accent.

trace

verb
traced; tracing

Kids Definition of trace (Entry 2 of 3)

2 : to form (as letters) carefully

3 : to copy (as a drawing) by following the lines as seen through a transparent sheet placed over the thing copied

4 : to follow the footprints, track, or trail of

5 : to study or follow the development of in detail This book traces the history of art through the ages.

6 : to follow something back to its cause or beginning He traced his family's roots.

trace

noun

Kids Definition of trace (Entry 3 of 3)

: either of the two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness that fasten a horse to a vehicle

trace

noun
\ˈtrās \

Medical Definition of trace 

1 : the marking made by a recording instrument (as a kymograph)

2 : an amount of a chemical constituent not always quantitatively determinable because of minuteness

3 : engram

Other Words from trace

trace transitive verb
traceable \-​ə-​bəl \ adjective

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