tracing

noun

trac·​ing ˈtrā-siŋ How to pronounce tracing (audio)
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 Each scarf comes with a digital tag that enables the tracing of the product back to its origin, providing transparency and connecting clients to the source of their garment. Luisa Zargani, WWD, 15 July 2024 These include: In school settings, testing, contact tracing, masks, and isolation cannot be counted on to control the spread of an avian flu that has adapted to efficiently infect humans. Mario Ramirez, STAT, 11 July 2024 Over and over again, the detection of even a single case would trigger aggressive contact tracing and quarantine, mass nucleic acid testing, and severe lockdowns of neighborhoods or, if necessary, an entire city. Yanzhong Huang, Foreign Affairs, 26 Jan. 2022 Whether Takuya and Sakura will do well in the competition is a bit of an afterthought compared to the gradual tracing of the companionable bond that forms between them, or observing the mellowing climate as the island slowly emerges from winter into spring. Catherine Bray, Variety, 19 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for tracing 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Tracing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tracing. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

tracing

noun
trac·​ing
ˈtrā-siŋ
1
: the act of one that traces
2
: something that is traced

Medical Definition

tracing

noun
trac·​ing ˈtrā-siŋ How to pronounce tracing (audio)
: a graphic record made by an instrument (as an electrocardiograph) that registers some movement

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