Definitions of trace

  1. A mark left by anything passing; a track; a path; a course; a footprint; a vestige; as, the trace of a carriage or sled; the trace of a deer; a sinuous trace.
  2. The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
  3. The ground plan of a work or works.
  4. To mark out; to draw or delineate with marks; especially, to copy, as a drawing or engraving, by following the lines and marking them on a sheet superimposed, through which they appear; as, to trace a figure or an outline; a traced drawing.
  5. To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks, or tokens.
  6. Hence, to follow the trace or track of.
  7. To copy; to imitate.
  8. To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
  9. A very small quantity of an element or compound in a given substance, especially when so small that the amount is not quantitatively determined in an analysis; - hence, in stating an analysis, often contracted to tr.
  10. To form carefully, as letters; to delineate or show by marks; as, to trace a design on cloth; to follow and seek to find by tracks or indications; as, to trace a thief; to make out; find out the course or development of; follow exactly; copy, especially a drawing, by covering it with a transparent sheet upon which the drawing is reproduced.
  11. To follow by tracks or footsteps: to follow with exactness: to sketch.
  12. To follow by tracks or closely; delineate; outline.
  13. To follow ( a line), as with a pencil; sketch; map out.
  14. To copy, as a drawing or writing, on a superposed transparent sheet.
  15. To track.
  16. To fasten, as with traces.
  17. To walk; to go; to travel.
  18. discover traces of; " She traced the circumstances of her birth"
  19. copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of; " trace a design"; " trace a pattern"
  20. To draw or delineate with marks; to follow by footsteps or tracks; to follow with exactness; to walk over.
  21. Tracing.
  22. either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
  23. an indication that something has been present; " there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; " a tincture of condescension"
  24. a visible mark ( as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
  25. make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along; " The children traced along the edge of the drak forest"; " The women traced the pasture"
  26. to go back over again; " we retraced the route we took last summer"; " trace your path"
  27. A connecting bar or rod, pivoted at each end to the end of another piece, for transmitting motion, esp. from one plane to another; specif., such a piece in an organ- stop action to transmit motion from the trundle to the lever actuating the stop slider.
  28. One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whiffletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
  29. A mark left by a past event, or by the passing of a person or thing; a footprint; a remainder; a small quantity; as, the food contained a trace of poison.
  30. Tracer.
  31. A mark left: footprint:- pl. the straps by which a vehicle is drawn.
  32. A footprint; vestige; mark; one of the straps by which a vehicle is drawn.
  33. A vestige or mark; track; trail.
  34. A barely detectable quantity.
  35. One of two straps or chains of a harness for drawing a load.
  36. Traced.
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