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Examples of vestige in a Sentence
a few strange words carved on a tree were the only vestige of the lost colony of Roanoke
the fossilized vestige of a dinosaur that traversed that muddy landscape millions of years ago
Recent Examples of vestige from the Web
Two years ago, South Florida was home to the last vestiges of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.
If Colon, who will turn 45 on Thursday, is hanging on to the vestiges of his professional career — getting by with one pitch (a fastball) and a belly full of guile — Torres, 21, is continuing to assert his arrival.
However, any last vestige of Milan hope was extinguished when the hapless Nikola Kalinic - who had impressed at the other end of the pitch - headed past the even more hapless Donnarumma in the 76th minute.
The ensuing years have complicated those hopes: coups, government collapse and rebirth, and more recently, the advent of Islamist terrorism—fighters pushing against the remaining vestiges of Western colonialism.
Corporate average fuel economy (Cafe) standards are a vestige of the 1970s gas shortages.
Reactionary forces were doing their best to hang on to the last vestiges of the Victorian era’s suffocating propriety while new technologies like projectors and Victrolas were delivering movies and music to the masses.
For all of their extraterrestrial economic ambitions, SpaceX and Blue Origin are seen as passion projects, vestiges of a time when Americans dreamed big.
Stevens may not have fit in Palo Alto, but without people like him, all vestiges of radicalism may disappear.
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vestige, Trace, and Track
Vestige is derived via Middle French from the Latin noun vestigium, meaning "footstep, footprint, or track." Like trace and track, vestige can refer to a perceptible sign made by something that has now passed. Of the three words, vestige is the most likely to apply to a tangible reminder, such as a fragment or remnant of what is past and gone. Trace, on the other hand, may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect ("the snowfield is pockmarked with the traces of caribou"). Track implies a continuous line that can be followed ("the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs").
Synonym Discussion of vestige
- the killer left no traces
- boulders that are vestiges of the last ice age
- the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs
VESTIGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vestige for English Language Learners
: the last small part that remains of something that existed before
: the smallest possible amount of something
VESTIGE Defined for Kids
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