• WordNet 3.6
    • v trace read with difficulty "Can you decipher this letter?","The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"
    • v trace follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba","trace the student's progress"
    • v trace make a mark or lines on a surface "draw a line","trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
    • v trace copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of "trace a design","trace a pattern"
    • v trace make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along "The children traced along the edge of the dark forest","The women traced the pasture"
    • v trace pursue or chase relentlessly "The hunters traced the deer into the woods","the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him"
    • v trace to go back over again "we retraced the route we took last summer","trace your path"
    • v trace discover traces of "She traced the circumstances of her birth"
    • n trace either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
    • n trace a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image
    • n trace an indication that something has been present "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim","a tincture of condescension"
    • n trace a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
    • n trace a suggestion of some quality "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone","he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
    • n trace a just detectable amount "he speaks French with a trace of an accent"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 97% of all paper money in the US contains traces of cocaine
    • Trace (Mech) 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.
    • Trace 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 .
    • Trace A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token; vestige. "The shady empire shall retain no trace Of war or blood, but in the sylvan chase."
    • Trace (Chem. & Min) 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.
    • Trace Hence, to follow the trace or track of. "How all the way the prince on footpace traced ."
    • Trace 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.
    • Trace (Fort) The ground plan of a work or works.
    • Trace (Descriptive Geom. & Persp) The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
    • Trace To copy; to imitate. "That servile path thou nobly dost decline,
      Of tracing word, and line by line."
    • Trace To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks, or tokens. "You may trace the deluge quite round the globe.""I feel thy power . . . to trace the ways
      Of highest agents."
    • Trace 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. "Some faintly traced features or outline of the mother and the child, slowly lading into the twilight of the woods."
    • Trace To walk over; to pass through; to traverse. "We do trace this alley up and down."
    • v. i Trace To walk; to go; to travel. "Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The origin of apples traces back to the Middle East over 4,000 years ago
    • trace To mark out upon the ground the lines of a field-work.
    • n trace The original position or place of a figure after that figure has been supposed to move: thus a circle is the closed line which will slide in its trace
    • n trace The intersection of a surface by a given line or surface: as, the trace of a liue is a point; the trace of a surface is a line.
    • n trace In angling, a short line or a length of gut by which the hook is attached to the reel-line; a snell; a snood; a leader.
    • trace To draw; delineate; mark out, as on a map, chart, or plan; map out; design; sketch.
    • trace To write, especially by a careful or laborious formation of the letters; form in writing.
    • trace Specifically To copy, as a drawing or engraving, by following the lines and marking them on a superimposed sheet, through which they appear.
    • trace To cover with traced lines, as with writing or tracery.
    • trace To follow the track, trail, or path of; pursue: a general term, the verbs track and trail being more specific, as in hunting.
    • trace To follow the course of by observation of the remains or vestiges; ascertain the position, course, contour, etc., of by noting and following the traces that exist.
    • trace To observe traces or vestiges of; discover visible evidences or proofs of.
    • trace To follow step by step: as, to trace the development of a plot: often with up, back, out.
    • trace To make one's way through or along; traverse; thread; perambulate.
    • trace To move; go; march; make one's way; travel.
    • trace To step; pace; dance.
    • n trace The track left by a person or an animal walking or running over the ground or other surface, as snow or the like; footprints; the track, trail, or rut left by something which is drawn along, as a cart; the marks which indicate the course pursued by any moving thing.
    • n trace Hence, a track or path; a way.
    • n trace A token, indication, or sign of something that has passed over or away; a mark, impression, or visible evidence of something that has occurred or existed; a vestige.
    • n trace A small quantity; an insignificant proportion: as, tetradymite or telluride of bismuth usually contains traces of selenium.
    • n trace Train; procession.
    • n trace A step or series of steps; a measure in dancing.
    • n trace In fortification, the ground-plan of a work.
    • n trace In geometry, the intersection of a plane with one of the planes of projection.
    • n trace The record made by a self-registering instrument.
    • n trace Trace, Vestige. Trace is much broader than vestige. A vestige is something of the nature of signs or remains, very small in amount, showing that a thing has been in a certain place: as, not a vestige of the banquet remained. Trace may have this sense of a last faint mark or sign of previous existence or action; or it may stand for a very small amount of any sort: as, a trace of earthy matter in water; or it may stand for the sign, clue, or track by which pursuit may be made: as, to get upon the trace of game or of a fugitive.
    • n trace One of the two straps, ropes, or chains by which a carriage, wagon, or other vehicle is drawn by a harnessed horse or other draft-animal. See cut under harness.
    • trace To hitch up; put in the traces.
    • trace Nautical, a form of trice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Damascus, Syria is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Civilization can be traced as far back as 2,000 B.C.
    • n Trace trās a mark left: footprint: a small quantity:
    • v.t Trace to follow by tracks or footsteps, to discover the tracks of, to follow step by step, to traverse: to follow with exactness: to sketch: to cover with traced lines or tracery
    • v.i Trace to move, travel: to dance
    • n Trace trās one of the straps by which a vehicle is drawn.
    • n Trace trās (fort.) the ground-plan of a work
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother's face, her aspect and her attitude.”
  • Shunryu Suzuki
    Shunryu Suzuki
    “When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.”
  • Paul De Man
    Paul De Man
    “Fashion is like the ashes left behind by the uniquely shaped flames of the fire, the trace alone revealing that a fire actually took place.”
  • Italo Calvino
    “The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.”


Kick over the traces - Kicking over the traces is wild rebellious behaviour or being out of control. It comes from when a horse in harness got a rear leg over the traces, which attach it to the vehicle, it started pulling and became uncontrollable.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. tracier, F. tracer, from (assumed) LL. tractiare, fr.L. tractus, p. p. of trahere, to draw. Cf. Abstract Attract Contract Portratt Tract Trail Train Treat.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. tructus, pa.p. of trahĕre, to draw.


In literature:

Former travellers having already described the route by way of Canta, I will here trace the course through the Quebrada of Matucanas.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
There was no trace of tears in her eyes.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
But in all cases in which there is information traces of a belief in a soul are found.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Thar's places whar the trace is a'most blind, and you mout get out o' it.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
If the men you are looking for are anywhere in the neighborhood, I am sure we will find a trace of them.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
But Hatteras formally objected; he did not wish to leave behind him any traces which might be of use to a rival.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
Usually in the past there had been motives, evidence, traces of some kind or other, upon which to build a case.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
Yet we might trace the origin of the magician's wand to the very same root as that of the iron rod of the Hanover schoolhouse.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
It is certainly not the least interest in studying these early forms that one is able to trace the analogy they bear with the higher forms.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Can it be traced to the universal acceptance of evil as a power, real and operative?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking

In poetry:

More than air
More than water
More than lips
Light light Your body is the trace of your body
"Passage" by Octavio Paz
Reached a gloomy hollow,
Found a trail to trace
Down the woodland pathway
To the watering-place.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
Should e'er thy wonder-working grace
Triumph by our weak arm,
Let not our sinful fancy trace
Aught human in the charm:
"Fifth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Thou hast passed on before our face;
Thy footsteps on the way we trace;
O keep us, aid us by Thy grace;
We follow Thee.
"Through Good Report and Evil, Lord" by Horatius Bonar
With wisdom, charity, and zeal,
May we its blessings trace;
That all to whom we shall appeal
Those blessings may embrace.
"Prayer For Divine Blessing" by John Pierpont
Gazing thus upon the dwelling
Of his warrior sires,
Where no lingering trace was telling
Of their wigwam fires,
Who the gloomy thoughts might know
Of that wandering child of woe?
"The Fountain" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Albacore tuna show traces of radioactive cesium .
Because crossbows are so widely available, they are difficult to trace to their owners.
Crustacean Beverly Hills is a rare restaurant, whose origins can be traced back to one woman's flight from Communism.
Enrique Murciano and Anthony LaPaglia in "Without a Trace".
In a finding that may help understand the nature of other kinds of hearing loss, too, scientists have now traced the cause of the family's affliction to a previously unknown gene.
Starting from the Pac-Man, trace your way through the maze, gobbling letters as you go.
Defunct leagues still leave a trace.
A new show at the Phillips Collection traces the evolution of Degas 's signature subject.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is getting federal help to more quickly trace contaminated food to grocery stores and other distribution points.
Book traces Shorewood native's rise to high court.
Carrie Kirk grew up in Basehor and is now researching her family history, which traces back to Germany.
1 Trace envelope template on wrapping paper.
CHICAGO Early Saturday morning, not a trace of the Georgetown basketball team remained at the United Center.
Nadia White is all set to depart Coupeville, Washington in late May at the start of her journey to trace the route of her great grandmother Josephine.
Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

In science:

In fact, the above trace map is exactly the same trace map that we introduced in the first version of this paper for cocommutative Hopf algebras.
Equivariant Cyclic Cohomology of H-Algebras
If τ ∈ T (A), we extend it to a trace on A ⊗ Mn on every n by using τ ⊗ T r, where T r is the standard trace on Mn .
Classification of simple $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank zero
The symbol STr as usual indicates a symmetrized trace, wherein the trace is averaged over all possible orderings of the terms [X i , X j ] and X kν appearing inside the trace.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
By the remark after Lemma A.4 the quantum traces on H -modules V , in terms of which the S -matrix is defined, coincide with the usual traces on EndV .
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Haagerup, Every quasi-trace on an exact C ∗ -algebra is a trace, preprint, 1991.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection