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
Recent Examples on the Web Considering the exponential rise of cases across the state, the number of Kentucky players quarantined by positive tests or contact tracing could still rise between now and Saturday. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football planning on play against Florida despite COVID-19 absences," 24 Nov. 2020 Want to identify n case contact tracing becomes necessary.think name Ray. NBC News, "Man in Trump-shaped flotation device charged with assault after breathing on protesters," 23 Nov. 2020 But the tournament is now off because of a number of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the program. USA TODAY, "College basketball COVID updates: Tennessee's Rick Barnes tests positive; Duke opener postponed," 23 Nov. 2020 The Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State scheduled for Friday was canceled Sunday due to the Cougars not having enough scholarship players available because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing. Tim Booth, Star Tribune, "Apple Cup canceled due to coronavirus concerns at Wazzu," 22 Nov. 2020 In addition to Fresno State, the football programs at UNLV and Utah State also have been paused because of COVID-19 positive tests and/or contact tracing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs game Friday at Fresno State canceled because of COVID-19 issues," 22 Nov. 2020 With the two-week contract tracing protocol ASU could practice this week on Thursday at the earliest, so the move gives it another day to prepare, assuming it is not canceled, too. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU football game against Utah moved to Sunday," 22 Nov. 2020 And extensive contact tracing found that class attendance was not linked to even a single case of coronavirus transmission. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "Duke University schools the country on how to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic," 21 Nov. 2020 The city’s contact tracing system isn’t good enough to pinpoint specific events, gatherings, businesses or other places that are fueling the surge. Heather Knight,, "S.F. was flattening the curve — until our urge to gather spiked it. Now we need to reverse the surge," 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of tracing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tracing was in the 14th century

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25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tracing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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