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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.

Synonyms:

vestige, succeed, darkness, keep up, limn, take out, surveil, suck up, character, force, sprinkling, distinction, hound, apparition, specter, delimitate, key out, touch modality, construct, contact, quality, define, draw and quarter, singularity, fragment, keep an eye on, espouse, whiff, comply, fantasm, whisker, pursue, feeling, account, keep abreast, nib, delimit, intimation, attribute, imbibe, hint, come, run along, sop up, taste, suggestion, mark, phantasma, characteristic, proposition, watch over, confidential information, proffer, outline, abide by, eviscerate, accompany, suck, remains, proof, mesmerism, pull, report, name, sign, revolt, hunt, touch, streak, peculiarity, breath, describe, conform to, whisper, relic, play along, cast, soupcon, smell, phantom, absorb, print, sense of touch, dark, delineate, identify, pass, tincture, signature, quarter, discover, take in, tone, leftover, skin senses, nuance, spectre, break away, tip, stick to, steer, travel along, tactile sensation, footprint, throw off restraint, big, touch sensation, rebel, evidence, pull out, feature, draw in, tracing, show, touching, draw off, take after, semblance, shadower, wraith, snippet, pull back, decipher, watch, thread, be, postdate, trail, tail, minimum, jot, hunt down, tint, survey, pinch, reconstruct, spot, suspicion, string, track down, tinge, soak up, prompting, stick with, ghost, trifle, MARKS, tie, tittle, get, track, drag, follow, shadow, specify, pull in, observe, attract, puff, shade, line, come after, key, guide, cutaneous senses, trait, make, fall out, get out, hypnotism, indication, clue, draw, tactual sensation, take up, distinguish, lead, spook, ghostwriter, property, retrace, wind, reap, disembowel, adopt, phantasm, hair, decode, run, withdraw, decrypt.

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.