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Definitions of trail

  1. evidence pointing to a possible solution; " the police are following a promising lead"; " the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
  2. to walk or proceed draggingly, slowly; " Snow buried the streets and covered the slanting rooftops, as John trudged toward St. Peter's."
  3. a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
  4. a track or mark left by something that has passed; " there as a trail of blood"; " a tear left its trail on her cheek"
  5. drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground; " The toddler was trailing his pants"
  6. drag along heavily or wearily; " The tired man seemed to trail his limbs after himself"
  7. hang down so as to drag along the ground; " The bride's veiled trailed along the ground"
  8. drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground; " The toddler was trailing his pants"; " She trained her long scarf behind her"
  9. go after with the intent to catch; " The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; " the dog chased the rabbit"
  10. to lag or linger behind; " But in so many other areas we still are dragging"
  11. move, proceed, or walk draggingly pr slowly; " John trailed behind behis class mates"; " The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart"
  12. To hunt by the track; to track.
  13. To draw or drag, as along the ground.
  14. To carry, as a firearm, with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.
  15. To tread down, as grass, by walking through it; to lay flat.
  16. To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.
  17. To be drawn out in length; to follow after.
  18. To grow to great length, especially when slender and creeping upon the ground, as a plant; to run or climb.
  19. A track left by man or beast; a track followed by the hunter; a scent on the ground by the animal pursued; as, a deer trail.
  20. A footpath or road track through a wilderness or wild region; as, an Indian trail over the plains.
  21. Anything drawn out to a length; as, the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke.
  22. Anything drawn behind in long undulations; a train.
  23. Anything drawn along, as a vehicle.
  24. That part of the stock of a gun carriage which rests on the ground when the piece is unlimbered. See Illust. of Gun carriage, under Gun.
  25. The act of taking advantage of the ignorance of a person; an imposition.
  26. The entrails of a fowl, especially of game, as the woodcock, and the like; - applied also, sometimes, to the entrails of sheep.
  27. To fall or extend behind; as, her dress trails; to grown or climb at great length; as, the vine trails along the fence; to follow; to go along in a leisurely fashion.
  28. A track left by a person or an animal; a footpath or track through a wilderness; anything dragged on the ground.
  29. Trailer.
  30. To draw along the ground: to hunt by tracking.
  31. To be drawn out in length: to run or climb as a plant.
  32. Anything drawn out in length: track followed by the hunter.
  33. Anything drawn out; track followed in hunting; trace left by crawling or dragging.
  34. To be drawn out or along.
  35. To draw along the ground.
  36. To draw along lightly; drag or draw after; follow the trail of; trace; creep, as a plant.
  37. The track left by anything drawn over a surface; a track; beaten path.
  38. Anything trailed; a train, as of a gown.
  39. The track followed by the hunter; the scent left on the ground by the animal pursued; anything drawn to length; a train; the entrails of a fowl; the end of a travelling carriage, upon which the carriage slides when unlimbered.
  40. To hunt by the track; to draw along the ground; to carry, as arms, in an oblique forward position, with the butt just above the ground; to tread down grass by walking through; to lay flat.
  41. To be drawn out in length; to run along or climb.
  42. The track followed by the hunter; the marks or scent left by any animal by which it may be pursed; anything drawn to length; that part of the stock of a gun- carriage which rests on the ground when the piece is unlimbered; entrails of certain birds, as of a snipe or woodcock.
  43. To draw along the ground or behind; to draw; to drag; to be drawn out in length.

Usage examples for trail

  1. They had come face to face on a side trail. – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  2. I can at least follow up the trail. – The Thorogood Family by R.M. Ballantyne
  3. But we were not on the right trail. – The Lure of the Labrador Wild by Dillon Wallace
  4. I got an idea how we can start on the trail. – Ronicky Doone by Max Brand
  5. I can't see it, but I feel somehow that there's a trail through there. – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  6. " That trail will never bring you home," she said. – The Untamed by Max Brand
  7. I cut in on your trail, Donnegan, and before I leave it you'll know a lot more about me. – Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand
  8. " Well," he said, " we'll follow their trail." – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
  9. The trail again lost. – The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  10. " I know it; but I've put them on the wrong trail. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  11. I shall probably take the trail again. – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss
  12. He had his trail and was sure to run him down. – Footprints in the Forest by Edward Sylvester Ellis
  13. That is why he was not on the trail after the Indians with the other cowboys. – The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch by Howard R. Garis
  14. But he had two or three hours the start of us, and so we couldn't find his trail." – For the Liberty of Texas by Edward Stratemeyer
  15. " The Kiowas have sent you on The Long Trail. – Three Sioux Scouts by Elmer Russell Gregor
  16. " They have started on and missed the trail," he replied, in an almost indifferent tone, but he guessed in his heart there had been some surprise. – A Little Girl in Old Quebec by Amanda Millie Douglas
  17. The trail frightened him. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  18. If you can follow the trail, you ought to get through in a little more'n three days- if you keep moggin'." – Woodcraft by George W. Sears
  19. I'll wait a while, though, and give them a chance to drop the trail. – Captivating Mary Carstairs by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  20. They must be on her trail at this very moment. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
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