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as in shred
a very small amount doctors detected only a trace of bacteria in the blood sample but put the patient on antibiotics just in case

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as in hint
an almost imperceptible sign of something there didn't seem to be so much as a trace of the truth to anything he said

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as in footstep
the mark or impression made by a foot followed the traces of the deer into the deep woods

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How is the word trace distinct from other similar nouns?

The words track and vestige are common synonyms of trace. While all three words mean "a perceptible sign made by something that has passed," trace may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect.

the killer left no traces

When could track be used to replace trace?

The synonyms track and trace are sometimes interchangeable, but track implies a continuous line that can be followed.

the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs

When might vestige be a better fit than trace?

The words vestige and trace can be used in similar contexts, but vestige applies to a tangible reminder such as a fragment or remnant of what is past and gone.

boulders that are vestiges of the last ice age

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“Trace.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/trace. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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