Trail v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trailed p. pr. & vb. n. Trailing.]
1. (a) To hunt by the track; to track. (b) to follow behind. (c) To pursue.
2. To draw or drag, as along the ground.
And hung his head, and trailed his legs along. --Dryden.
They shall not trail me through their streets
Like a wild beast. --Milton.
Long behind he trails his pompous robe. --Pope.
3. Mil. 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. [Prov. Eng.]
I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly termed) trailing Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her ignorance. --C. Bronte.
Trail·ing, a. & vb. n. from Trail.
Trailing arbutus. Bot. See under Arbutus.
Trailing spring, a spring fixed in the axle box of the trailing wheels of a locomotive engine, and so placed as to assist in deadening any shock which may occur. --Weale.
Trailing wheel, a hind wheel of a locomotive when it is not a driving wheel; also, one of the hind wheels of a carriage.
adj : having the lower score or lagging position in a contest;
"behind by two points"; "the 8th inning found the home
team trailing" [syn: behind(p)]
n : the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or
marks they left behind [syn: tracking]