tracing

noun

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

Examples of tracing in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of tracing

14th century


TRACING Defined for English Language Learners

tracing

noun

Definition of tracing for English Language Learners

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


TRACING Defined for Kids

tracing

noun trac·ing \ ˈtrā-siŋ \

Definition of tracing for Students

: a copy of something traced from an original

Medical Dictionary

tracing

noun trac·ing \ ˈtrā-siŋ \

medical Definition of tracing

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


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