Definition of "trace" []

  • A visible mark, such as a footprint, made or left by the passage of a person, animal, or thing. (noun)
  • Evidence or an indication of the former presence or existence of something; a vestige. (noun)
  • A barely perceivable indication; a touch: spoke with a trace of sarcasm. (noun)
  • An extremely small amount. (noun)
  • A constituent, such as a chemical compound or element, present in quantities less than a standard limit. (noun)
  • A mark or other sign that something has been in a place; vestige (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A tiny or scarcely detectable amount or characteristic (noun)
  • A footprint or other indication of the passage of an animal or person (noun)
  • Any line drawn by a recording instrument or a record consisting of a number of such lines (noun)
  • Something drawn, such as a tracing (noun)
  • A beaten track or path (noun)
  • The postulated alteration in the cells of the nervous system that occurs as the result of any experience or learning (noun)
  • The intersection of a surface with a coordinate plane (noun)
  • The sum of the diagonal entries of a square matrix (noun)
  • A symbol inserted in the constituent structure of a sentence to mark the position from which a constituent has been moved in a generative process (noun)
  • An amount of precipitation that is too small to be measured (noun)
  • A way taken; route (noun)
  • To follow, discover, or ascertain the course or development of (something) (verb)
  • To track down and find, as by following a trail (verb)
  • To copy (a design, map, etc) by drawing over the lines visible through a superimposed sheet of transparent paper or other material (verb)
  • To draw or delineate a plan or diagram of (verb)
  • To outline or sketch (an idea, policy, etc) (verb)
  • To decorate with tracery (verb)
  • To imprint (a design) on cloth, etc (verb)
  • To follow or be followed to source; date back (verb)
  • To make one's way over, through, or along (something) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "trace" in a sentence
  • "LINDA FAIRSTEIN, FORMER CHIEF PROSECUTOR, NEW YORK CITY SEX CRIMES UNIT: Investigators are looking at, I would say, a tremendous amount of forensic and what we call trace evidence in this case."
  • "Just before you make the final neck down remove all the lube leaving a slight trace from the neck and especially the shoulders."
  • "“Will they then sell to me also my lord?” he murmured, wiping a thin trace of fermented moisture from his lower lip."