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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  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. A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token; vestige.
  6. The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
  7. The ground plan of a work or works.
  8. 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.
  9. To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks, or tokens.
  10. Hence, to follow the trace or track of.
  11. To copy; to imitate.
  12. To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
  13. To walk; to go; to travel.

Trace Quotations

You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland's history in their lineaments trace; think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends.
William Butler Yeats

Even if you have nothing in your wallet, nothing can keep you from having a great summer. You can listen to crickets sing you to sleep, trace the Big Dipper, breathe in the stars, run through a sprinkler, host a cartwheel contest in the front yard.
Regina Brett

Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies. I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my energies and drove me in new directions.
E. O. Wilson

It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
George Eliot

When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.
Shunryu Suzuki
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Trace Translations

trace in Dutch is afbakenen
trace in German is Einzelschritt-Fehlersuche, Spur
trace in Latin is vestigium
trace in Spanish is rastro, calcar
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