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Definition of Trail


  1. To hunt by the track; to track.
  2. To draw or drag, as along the ground.
  3. To carry, as a firearm, with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.
  4. To tread down, as grass, by walking through it; to lay flat.
  5. To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.
  6. To be drawn out in length; to follow after.
  7. To grow to great length, especially when slender and creeping upon the ground, as a plant; to run or climb.
  8. A track left by man or beast; a track followed by the hunter; a scent on the ground by the animal pursued; as, a deer trail.
  9. A footpath or road track through a wilderness or wild region; as, an Indian trail over the plains.
  10. Anything drawn out to a length; as, the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke.
  11. Anything drawn behind in long undulations; a train.
  12. Anything drawn along, as a vehicle.
  13. A frame for trailing plants; a trellis.
  14. The entrails of a fowl, especially of game, as the woodcock, and the like; -- applied also, sometimes, to the entrails of sheep.
  15. That part of the stock of a gun carriage which rests on the ground when the piece is unlimbered. See Illust. of Gun carriage, under Gun.
  16. The act of taking advantage of the ignorance of a person; an imposition.

Trail Quotations

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.
Alexander Graham Bell

Eventually, competition and adventure wane, and I enter my ibuprofen phase. Tweaky hamstrings and achy knees restrict mileage, but I continue running for health, sanity, and the ritual of a Sunday trail run with like-minded buddies. We discuss the nagging injuries that bedevil us, and remember the good old days when we were kings.
Don Kardong

If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.

Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.
Robert Motherwell
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Trail Translations

trail in Dutch is spoor, wagenspoor, karrespoor
trail in Latin is persequor, sequor sequi secutus
trail in Portuguese is fuga
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