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Definition of Trace

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

Of thousands of others, nearer the centre of the explosion, there was no trace. They vanished. The theory in Hiroshima is that the atomic heat was so great that they burned instantly to ashes - except that there were no ashes.
Wilfred Burchett

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

To love someone is to isolate him from the world, wipe out every trace of him, dispossess him of his shadow, drag him into a murderous future. It is to circle around the other like a dead star and absorb him into a black light.
Jean Baudrillard

An arrow may fly through the air and leave no trace; but an ill thought leaves a trail like a serpent.
Charles Mackay

To the mind, God is a perfect criminal. He has done such a perfect crime by creating this world that mind cannot trace how He did it. That is why the mind always freaks out about God.
Prem Rawat
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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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