I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from tracer to trace Date: 14th century 1. archaic a course or path that one follows 2. a. a mark or line left by something that has passed; also footprint b. a path, trail, or road made by the passage of animals, people, or vehicles 3. a. a sign or evidence of some past thing ; vestige b. engram 4. something (as a line) traced or drawn: as a. the marking made by a recording instrument (as a seismograph or kymograph) b. the ground plan of a military installation or position either on a map or on the ground 5. a. the intersection of a line or plane with a plane b. the usually bright line or spot that moves across the screen of a cathode-ray tube; also the path taken by such a line or spot 6. a. a minute and often barely detectable amount or indication <
a trace of a smile
b. an amount of a chemical constituent not always quantitatively determinable because of minuteness • traceless adjective Synonyms: trace, vestige, track mean a perceptible sign made by something that has passed. trace may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect <
a snowfield pockmarked with the traces of caribou
. 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
. track implies a continuous line that can be followed <
the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs
. II. verb (traced; tracing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French tracer, from Vulgar Latin *tractiare to drag, from Latin tractus, past participle of trahere to pull Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. delineate, sketch b. to form (as letters or figures) carefully or painstakingly c. to copy (as a drawing) by following the lines or letters as seen through a transparent superimposed sheet d. to impress or imprint (as a design or pattern) with a tracer e. to record a tracing of in the form of a curved, wavy, or broken line <
trace the heart action
f. to adorn with linear ornamentation (as tracery or chasing) 2. archaic to travel over ; traverse 3. a. to follow the footprints, track, or trail of b. to follow or study out in detail or step by step <
trace the history of the labor movement
c. to discover by going backward over the evidence step by step <
trace your ancestry
d. to discover signs, evidence, or remains of 4. to lay out the trace of (a military installation) intransitive verb 1. to make one's way; especially to follow a track or trail 2. to be traceable historically • traceability nountraceable adjective III. noun Etymology: Middle English trais, from Anglo-French tres, plural of trait pull, draft, trace — more at trait Date: 14th century 1. either of two straps, chains, or lines of a harness for attaching a draft animal to something (as a vehicle) to be drawn 2. leader 1e(2) 3. one or more vascular bundles supplying a leaf or twig

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  • Trace — Trace, n. [F. trace. See {Trace}, v. t. ] 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. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem. & Min.) A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tracé — tracé, ée (tra sé, sée) part. passé de tracer. 1°   Dont on a tiré, disposé les lignes. Le plan tracé par l architecte. •   C est de lui [Cadmus] que nous vient cet art ingénieux De peindre la parole et de parler aux yeux, Et par les traits… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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