trac·​ing | \ ˈtrā-siŋ How to pronounce tracing (audio) \

Definition of tracing

1 : something that is traced: such as
a : a copy made on a superimposed transparent sheet
b : a graphic record made by an instrument (such as a seismograph) that registers some movement
2 : the act of one that traces

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Examples of tracing in a Sentence

the tracing of this mountain lion is going to be difficult if the rain washes away all of the tracks

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In response to the Congo outbreak, the US has deployed some Ebola experts from the CDC to help with control efforts, such as screening and tracing Ebola cases, Schuchat said. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Ebola outbreak 2018: What's different this time?," 29 May 2018 The key for Nvidia today will be explaining why its new Turing architecture matters to gamers, and just how different ray-tracing will make games look and feel. Tom Warren, The Verge, "How to watch today’s Nvidia GeForce announcement," 20 Aug. 2018 If ray tracing and DLSS aren’t available by the time the GeForce RTX 2070 launches, buyers will once again be asked to make a leap of faith in paying that premium for Turing’s future-facing features. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070 launches on October 17. Will ray traced games be ready?," 25 Sep. 2018 Ray tracing is a rendering technique used by movie studios to generate light reflections and cinematic effects. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Nvidia rethinks the graphics card with the RTX 2080," 14 Sep. 2018 Ray tracing, for the uninitiated, received an incredible explainer from our Peter Bright earlier this year. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "How I went from testing a fancy new graphics card to shouting at Windows 10," 24 Nov. 2018 Check out the trailer below to see how much of an impact ray tracing can have on the game’s visuals. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "RTX on! Battlefield V becomes the first game to support DXR real-time ray tracing," 14 Nov. 2018 But Nvidia gets off to a relatively good start by telling developers that RTX's boosts mostly supplement what developers are working on anyway: more efficient anti-aliasing, more efficient mesh generation, and a path to affordable ray tracing. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018 Ten years later and Claudia's work — which is hand-drawn on tracing paper out of her Brooklyn, New York, studio — can be found at Bloomingdales, West Elm, and, of course, Etsy. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Is The Designer Behind Those Popular Hand-Illustrated Tea Towels," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of tracing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tracing

: a copy of a picture, map, etc., that is made by tracing the original


trac·​ing | \ ˈtrā-siŋ\

Kids Definition of tracing

: a copy of something traced from an original


trac·​ing | \ ˈtrā-siŋ How to pronounce tracing (audio) \

Medical Definition of tracing

: a graphic record made by an instrument (as an electrocardiograph) that registers some movement

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