tracer

noun trac·er \ ˈtrā-sər \

Definition of tracer

1 :one that traces, tracks down, or searches out: such as
a :a person who traces missing persons or property and especially goods lost in transit
b :an inquiry sent out in tracing a shipment lost in transit
2 :one who traces designs, patterns, or markings
3 :a device (such as a stylus) used in tracing
4 a :ammunition containing a chemical composition to mark the flight of projectiles by a trail of smoke or light
b :a substance used to trace the course of a chemical or biological process; especially :label 3d

Examples of tracer in a Sentence

  1. The enemy fired tracers at the aircraft carrier.

  2. They injected her with a radioactive tracer and tracked it via X-rays.

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First Known Use of tracer

14th century


TRACER Defined for English Language Learners

tracer

noun

Definition of tracer for English Language Learners

  • : a type of bullet that shows its path by creating smoke or light as it moves through the air

  • medical : a substance that is put in a patient's body so that doctors can watch a biological process (such as digestion) or see how a condition (such as cancer) is progressing


Medical Dictionary

tracer

noun trac·er \ ˈtrā-sər \

medical Definition of tracer

:a substance used to trace the course of a process; specifically :a labeled element or atom that can be traced throughout chemical or biological processes by its radioactivity or its unusual isotopic mass


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