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

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 The proposal includes details on contact tracing and new incentives to increase the number of substitutes in the district, the mayor said. Kelly Mccleary, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 What once was a straightforward regimen of vaccines, testing, contact tracing and distancing for the nation of 9.4 million has splintered into a zigzag of rules that seem to change every few days. Fox News, 6 Jan. 2022 Each databot provides pipeline tracing, data lineage and accounting, as well as data governance. Shailesh Manjrekar, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Whether because an unvaccinated individual tested positive or mitigation testing flagged an asymptomatic positive, subsequent contact tracing and testing revealed further positives, forcing the program to pause activity. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Dec. 2021 Martinez expressed confidence in district procedures such as indoor masking, prompt contact tracing and a weekly testing program that’s voluntary for students and mandatory for unvaccinated staff members. Tracy Swartz,, 30 Dec. 2021 But stealth spread coupled with Omicron’s rapid replication rate causes other sorts of problems; traditional public health strategies like testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine start to fall apart. Megan Molteni, STAT, 30 Dec. 2021 Some players who had not tested positive themselves would be unable to play because of contact tracing, a restriction that applies only to unvaccinated players. Adam Zagoria, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 With such numbers, contact tracing and quarantines become all but meaningless. Glen Retief, The New Republic, 18 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of tracing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jan 2022

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“Tracing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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