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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : derived by copying something else; especially by following
            lines seen through a transparent sheet [syn: copied]