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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ves·tige /ˈvɛstɪʤ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 ves·tige /ˈvɛstɪʤ/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ves·tige n.
 1. The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign; hence, a faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains; as, the vestiges of ancient magnificence in Palmyra; vestiges of former population.
    What vestiges of liberty or property have they left?   --Burke.
    Ridicule has followed the vestiges of Truth, but never usurped her place.   --Landor.
 2. Biol. A small, degenerate, or imperfectly developed part or organ which has been more fully developed in some past generation.
 Syn: -- Trace; mark; sign; token.
 Usage: -- Vestige, Trace.  These words agree in marking some indications of the past, but differ to some extent in their use and application. Vestige is used chiefly in a figurative sense, for the remains of something long passed away; as, the vestiges of ancient times; vestiges of the creation.  A trace is literally something drawn out in a line, and may be used in this its primary sense, or figuratively, to denote a sign or evidence left by something that has passed by, or ceased to exist.  Vestige usually supposes some definite object of the past to be left behind; while a trace may be a mere indication that something has been present or is present; as, traces of former population; a trace of poison in a given substance.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : an indication that something has been present; "there wasn't
          a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of
          condescension" [syn: trace, tincture, shadow]