- Obsolete a way followed or path taken
- a mark, footprint, etc. left by the passage of a person, animal, or thing
- ☆ a beaten path or trail left by the repeated passage of persons, vehicles, etc.
- any perceptible mark left by a past person, thing, or event; sign; evidence; vestige: the traces of war
- a barely perceptible amount; very small quantity: a trace of anger
- something drawn or traced, as a mark, sketch, etc.
- the traced record of a recording instrument
- the visible line or spot that moves across the face of a cathode-ray tube
- the path followed by this line or spot
- Chem. a very small amount, usually one quantitatively immeasurable
- the intersection of a line or of a projecting plane of the line with the coordinate plane
- the sum of the elements on the main diagonal of a matrix
- Meteorol. precipitation amounting to less than 0.127 mm (0.005 in)
- Psychol. engram
ME < OFr < tracier < VL *tractiare < L tractus, a drawing along, track < pp. of trahere, to draw
transitive verb traced, tracing
- Now Rare to move along, follow, or traverse (a path, route, etc.)
- to follow the trail or footprints of; track
- to follow the development, process, or history of, esp. by proceeding from the latest to the earliest evidence, etc.
- to determine (a source, date, etc.) by this procedure
- to discover or ascertain by investigating traces or vestiges of (something prehistoric, etc.)
- to draw, sketch, outline, etc.
- to ornament with tracery: used chiefly in the past participle
- to copy (a drawing, etc.) by following its lines on a superimposed transparent sheet
- to form (letters, etc.) carefully or laboriously
- to make or copy with a tracer
- to record by means of a curved, broken, or wavy line, as in a seismograph
ME tracen < OFr tracier: see tracethe