A trail through the forest.
- The definition of a trail is a marked, paved or beaten path or course.
An example of trail is a pathway that deer take through the forest.
- Trail is defined as to drag, pull, follow or lag behind someone or something.
An example of trail is to walk behind someone.
- to drag or let drag behind one, esp. on the ground, etc.
- to bring along behind: trailing exhaust fumes
- to pull or tow
- to make or mark (a path, track, etc.), as by treading down
- to make a path in (grass, etc.)
- to follow the tracks of; track
- to hunt by tracking
- to follow behind, esp. in a lagging manner
- to be or lag behind, as in a contest
- Mil. to carry (a rifle, etc.) in the right hand with the arm extended downward so that the muzzle is tilted forward and the butt is near the ground
Origin of trailMiddle English trailen ; from Middle French trailler ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form tragulare ; from Classical Latin tragula, small sledge, dragnet ; from trahere, to draw
- to hang down, esp. behind, so as to drag on the ground, etc.
- to grow so long as to extend along the ground, over rocks, etc.: said of some plants
- to extend in an irregular line; straggle
- to flow behind in a long, thin stream, wisp, etc.: smoke trailed from the chimney
- to move, walk, go along, etc. wearily, heavily, or slowly; crawl; drag
- to follow or lag behind
- to be losing, as in a sports contest: to trail by 13 points
- to track game: said of hounds
- to grow gradually weaker, dimmer, less direct, etc.: with off or away
- something that trails or is trailed behind
- a mark, footprint, scent, etc. left by a person, animal, or thing that has passed
- a path or track made by repeated passage or deliberately blazed
- a paved or maintained path or track, as for bicycling or hiking
- any route or journey: often fig.: candidates on the campaign trail
- a series of events or conditions following something; train: an illness bringing medical bills in its trail
- the position of trailing a rifle
- a beamlike part of a gun carriage, which may be lowered to the ground to form a rear brace
Origin of trailME traille < MFr < the v.
verbtrailed, trail·ing, trails
- To allow to drag or stream behind, as along the ground: The dog ran off, trailing its leash.
- To drag (the body, for example) wearily or heavily.
- a. To follow the traces or scent of, as in hunting; track.b. To follow the course taken by; pursue: trail a fugitive.
- To follow behind: several cruisers trailed by an escorting destroyer.
- To lag behind (an opponent): trailed the league leader by four games.
- To drag or be dragged along, brushing the ground: The queen's long robe trailed behind.
- To extend, grow, or droop loosely over a surface: vines trailing through the garden.
- To drift in a thin stream: smoke trailing from a dying fire.
- To become gradually fainter; dwindle: His voice trailed off in confusion.
- To walk or proceed with dragging steps; trudge: trailed along in glum silence.
- To be behind in competition; lag: trailing by two goals in the second period.
- a. A marked or beaten path, as through woods or wilderness.b. An overland route: the pioneers' trail across the prairies.c. A marked course through one or more bodies of water, as for recreational boaters or divers.
- a. A mark, trace, course, or path left by a moving body.b. The scent of a person or animal: The dogs lost the trail of the fox.
- Something that is drawn along or follows behind; a train: The mayor was followed by a trail of reporters.
- A succession of things that come afterward or are left behind: left a trail of broken promises.
- Something that hangs loose and long: Trails of ticker tape floated down from office windows.
- The part of a gun carriage that rests or slides on the ground.
- The act of trailing.
Origin of trailMiddle English trailen, probably from Old French trailler, to hunt without a foreknown course, from Vulgar Latin *tragulare, to make a deer double back and forth, perhaps alteration (influenced by Latin tragula, dragnet) of Latin trahere, to pull, draw.
(third-person singular simple present trails, present participle trailing, simple past and past participle trailed)
- To follow behind (someone or something); to tail (someone or something).
- The hunters trailed their prey deep into the woods.
- To drag (something) behind on the ground.
- You'll get your coat all muddy if you trail it around like that.
- To leave (a trail of).
- He walked into the house, soaking wet, and trailed water all over the place.
- To show a trailer of (a film, TV show etc.); to release or publish a preview of (a report etc.) in advance of the full publication.
- His new film was trailed on TV last night.
- There were no surprises in this morning's much-trailed budget statement.
- To be losing, to be behind in a competition.
- (military) To carry (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.
- To flatten (grass, etc.) by walking through it; to tread down.
- (dated) To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.
- The track or indication marking the route followed by something that has passed, such as the footprints of animal on land or the contrail of an airplane in the sky.
- A route for travel over land, especially a narrow, unpaved pathway for use by hikers, horseback riders, etc.
- A trailer broadcast on television for a forthcoming film or programme.
From Latin trahere, to drag along
- A city in British Columbia
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