- An act of tracing.
- Your cell phone company can put a trace on your line.
- An enquiry sent out for a missing article, such as a letter or an express package.
- A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal.
- A very small amount.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess:
- The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.
- All of our chocolates may contain traces of nuts.
- (electronics) A current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board.
- An informal road or prominent path in an arid area.
- 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.
- (engineering) A connecting bar or rod, pivoted at each end to the end of another piece, for transmitting motion, especially from one plane to another; specifically, such a piece in an organ stop action to transmit motion from the trundle to the lever actuating the stop slider.
- (fortification) The ground plan of a work or works.
- The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
- (mathematics) The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix.
- (grammar) An empty category occupying a position in the syntactic structure from which something has been moved, used to explain constructions such as wh-movement and the passive.
- (mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal): track, trail
- (small amount): see also Thesaurus:modicum.
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From Middle English tracen, borrowed from Old French tracer, trasser (“to delineate, score, trace", also, "to follow, pursue”), probably a conflation of Vulgar Latin *tractiāre (“to delineate, score, trace”), from Latin trahere (“to draw”); and Old French traquer (“to chase, hunt, pursue”), from trac (“a track, trace”), from Middle Dutch treck, treke (“a drawing, draft, delineation, feature, expedition”). More at track.
- (transitive) To follow the trail of.
- I feel thy power […] to trace the ways / Of highest agents.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowper to this entry?)
- To follow the history of.
- T. Burnet
- You may trace the deluge quite round the globe.
- 2011 July 19, Ella Davies, “Sticks insects survive one million years without sex”, in BBC:
- They traced the ancient lineages of two species to reveal the insects' lengthy history of asexual reproduction.
- T. Burnet
- (transitive) To draw or sketch lightly or with care.
- He carefully traced the outlines of the old building before him.
- (transitive) To copy onto a sheet of paper superimposed over the original, by drawing over its lines.
- (transitive, obsolete) To copy; to imitate.
- That servile path thou nobly dost decline, / Of tracing word, and line by line.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To walk; to go; to travel.
- Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace.
- (transitive, obsolete) To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
- We do trace this alley up and down.
- (computing, transitive) To follow the execution of the program by making it to stop after every instruction, or by making it to print a message after every step.
From the verb tracer.
trace f (plural traces)
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- “trace” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
trace (masculine and feminine plural traci)
trace m (plural traci)
trace m (uncountable)
trace m (plural traci)
- trace (markings showing where one has been)