Trace definition

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A line drawn by a recording instrument, such as a cardiograph.
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An act of researching or ascertaining the origin or location of something.

Put a trace on the phone call; asked for a trace on a lost package.

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The definition of trace is happening in very small amounts.

An example of trace used as an adjective is in the phrase "trace substances," which means substances of which there are tiny amounts.

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To follow the trail or footprints of; track.
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An engram.
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An extremely small amount or barely perceivable indication.

Spoke with a trace of sarcasm.

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Either of two straps, chains, etc. connecting a draft animal's harness to the vehicle drawn.
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A visible mark, such as a footprint, made or left by the passage of a person, animal, or thing.
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Evidence or an indication of the former presence or existence of something; a vestige.

Left without a trace of having been there.

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A constituent, such as a chemical compound or element, present in quantities less than a standard limit.
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The point at which a line, or the curve in which a surface, intersects a coordinate plane.
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The sum of the elements of the principal diagonal of a matrix.
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To record (a variable), as on a graph.
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To go along or follow (a path, for example).

We traced the trail up the mountain.

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To follow the course or trail of.

Trace a wounded deer.

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To ascertain the successive stages in the development or progress of.

Tracing the life cycle of an insect; trace the history of a family.

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To discover or determine by searching or researching evidence.

Trace the cause of a disease.

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To locate or ascertain the origin of.

Traced the money to a foreign bank account.

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To draw (a line or figure); sketch; delineate.
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To form (letters) with special concentration or care.
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To copy by following lines seen through a sheet of transparent paper.
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To follow closely (a prescribed pattern).

The skater traced a figure eight.

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To imprint (a design) by pressure with an instrument on a superimposed pattern.
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To make a design or series of markings on (a surface) by such pressure on a pattern.
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To make one's way along a trail or course.

We traced along the ridge.

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To have origins; be traceable.

Linguistic features that trace to West Africa.

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Occurring in extremely small amounts or in quantities less than a standard limit.
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One of two side straps or chains connecting a harnessed draft animal to a vehicle or whiffletree.
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A bar or rod, hinged at either end to another part, that transfers movement from one part of a machine to another.
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(obs.) A way followed or path taken.
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A beaten path or trail left by the repeated passage of persons, vehicles, etc.
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Any perceptible mark left by a past person, thing, or event; sign; evidence; vestige.

The traces of war.

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A barely perceptible amount; very small quantity.

A trace of anger.

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Something drawn or traced, as a mark, sketch, etc.
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The traced record of a recording instrument.
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(chem.) A very small amount, usually one quantitatively immeasurable.
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(meteorol.) Precipitation amounting to less than 0.127 mm (0.005 in)
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The visible line or spot that moves across the face of a cathode-ray tube.
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The path followed by this line or spot.
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The intersection of a line or of a projecting plane of the line with the coordinate plane.
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The sum of the elements on the main diagonal of a matrix.
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(now rare) To move along, follow, or traverse (a path, route, etc.)
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To discover or ascertain by investigating traces or vestiges of (something prehistoric, etc.)
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To ornament with tracery.
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To copy (a drawing, etc.) by following its lines on a superimposed transparent sheet.
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To form (letters, etc.) carefully or laboriously.
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To make or copy with a tracer.
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To record by means of a curved, broken, or wavy line, as in a seismograph.
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To follow the development, process, or history of, esp. by proceeding from the latest to the earliest evidence, etc.
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To determine (a source, date, etc.) by this procedure.
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To draw, sketch, outline, etc.
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To move through space in such a way as to represent or conform to the outline of (a given shape)

To trace circles in the air with a magic wand.

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To follow a path, route, development, etc.; make one's way.
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To go back or date back (to something past)
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A rod, pivoted at each end, that transmits motion from one moving part of a machine to another.
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An act of tracing.

Your cell phone company can put a trace on your line.

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A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal.
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A very small amount.

All of our chocolates may contain traces of nuts.

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(electronics) An electric current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board.
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An informal road or prominent path in an arid area.
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One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whippletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
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(fortification) The ground plan of a work or works.
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The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
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(mathematics) The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix.
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To follow the trail of.

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To follow the history of.
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To draw or sketch lightly or with care.

He carefully traced the outlines of the old building before him.

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To copy onto a sheet of paper superimposed over the original, by drawing over its lines.
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A path or trail that has been beaten out by the passage of animals or people.
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Trace is defined as evidence or a visible mark, or a very small amount of something.

An example of a trace is a footprint at a crime scene.

An example of a trace is a small smile, a trace of a smile.

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Trace means to follow along a route, to a copy something by following along or to find something or someone.

An example of to trace is to follow the same route as a prior traveler.

An example of to trace is to draw over a picture to copy it onto a new piece of paper.

An example of to trace is to track down a criminal.

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A mark, footprint, etc. left by the passage of a person, animal, or thing.
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kick over the traces
  • To act in a way that contravenes social expectations or propriety:
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kick over the traces
  • to shake off control; show insubordination or independence
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trace
Plural:
traces

Origin of trace

  • Middle English track from Old French from tracier to trace from Vulgar Latin tractiāre from Latin tractus a dragging, course from past participle of trahere to draw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English trais from Old French pl. of trait a hauling, harness strap from Latin tractus a hauling from past participle of trahere to haul

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English tracen, from Old French tracer, trasser (“to delineate, score, trace", also, "to follow, pursue"), probably a conflation of Medieval Latin *tractiāre (“to delineate, score, trace"), from Latin trahere (“to draw"); and Old French traquer (“to chase, hunt, pursue"), from Old French trac (“a track, trace"), from Middle Dutch treck, treke (“a drawing, draft, delineation, feature, expedition"). More at track.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English trace, traas, from Old French trace (“an outline, track, trace"), from the verb (see below).

    From Wiktionary