trace /ˈtres/ 名詞
1. 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.
2. Mech. 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.
1. 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.
2. Chem. & Min. 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.
3. A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token; vestige.
The shady empire shall retain no trace
Of war or blood, but in the sylvan chase. --Pope.
4. Descriptive Geom. & Persp. The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
5. Fort. The ground plan of a work or works.
Syn.-Vestige; mark; token. See Vestige.
Trace, v. t. [imp. & p. p. traced p. pr. & vb. n. tracing.]
1. 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.
Some faintly traced features or outline of the mother and the child, slowly lading into the twilight of the woods. --Hawthorne.
2. To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks, or tokens.
You may trace the deluge quite round the globe. --T. Burnet.
I feel thy power . . . to trace the ways
Of highest agents. --Milton.
3. Hence, to follow the trace or track of.
How all the way the prince on footpace traced. --Spenser.
4. To copy; to imitate.
That servile path thou nobly dost decline,
Of tracing word, and line by line. --Denham.
5. To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
We do tracethis alley up and down. --Shak.
Trace, v. i. To walk; to go; to travel. [Obs.]
Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace. --Spenser.
n 1: a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of
an accent" [syn: hint, suggestion]
2: an indication that something has been present; "there wasn't
a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of
condescension" [syn: vestige, tincture, shadow]
3: a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm
in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
[syn: touch, ghost]
4: drawing created by tracing [syn: tracing]
5: either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a
wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
6: a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of
person or animal or vehicle
v 1: follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of
something; "We must follow closely the economic
development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress"
2: make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the
outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: draw, line, describe,
3: to go back over again; "we retraced the route we took last
summer"; "trace your path" [syn: retrace]
4: pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer
into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until
they found the him" [syn: hound, hunt]
5: discover traces of; "She traced the circumstances of her
6: make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass
over, around, or along; "The children traced along the
edge of the drak forest"; "The women traced the pasture"
7: copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a
transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of;
"trace a design"; "trace a pattern"
8: read with difficulty; "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The
archeologist traced the hieroglyphs" [syn: decipher]