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Definition of trace:

  1. A connecting bar or rod, pivoted at each end to the end of another piece, for transmitting motion, esp. from one plane to another; specif., such a piece in an organ- stop action to transmit motion from the trundle to the lever actuating the stop slider.
  2. 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.
  3. A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token; vestige.
  4. A very small quantity of an element or compound in a given substance, especially when so small that the amount is not quantitatively determined in an analysis; - hence, in stating an analysis, often contracted to tr.
  5. Hence, to follow the trace or track of.
  6. One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whiffletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
  7. The ground plan of a work or works.
  8. The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
  9. To copy; to imitate.
  10. To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks, or tokens.
  11. To mark out; to draw or delineate with marks; especially, to copy, as a drawing or engraving, by following the lines and marking them on a sheet superimposed, through which they appear; as, to trace a figure or an outline; a traced drawing.
  12. To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
  13. To walk; to go; to travel.


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Usage examples:

  • " Maybe I'll get a chance to trace those robbers," he said.

    - "Jack of the Pony Express", Frank V. Webster.
  • The wire left no trace.

    - "Whispering Wires", Henry Leverage.
  • However, I never could trace the steps.

    - "Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy.", Elizabeth P. Peabody Mary Mann.