• An act of tracing.
  • An enquiry sent out for a missing article, such as a letter or an express package.
  • A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal.
  • A residue of some substance or material.
  • A very small amount.
  • A current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board.
  • An informal road or prominent path in an arid area.
  • One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whippletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
  • A connecting bar or rod, pivoted at each end to the end of another piece, for transmitting motion, especially from one plane to another; specifically, such a piece in an organ stop action to transmit motion from the trundle to the lever actuating the stop slider.
  • The ground plan of a work or works.
  • The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
  • The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix.
  • An empty category occupying a position in the syntactic structure from which something has been moved, used to explain constructions such as wh-movement and the passive.


  • To follow the trail of.
  • To follow the history of.
  • To draw or sketch lightly or with care.
  • To copy onto a sheet of paper superimposed over the original, by drawing over its lines.
  • To copy; to imitate.
  • To walk; to go; to travel.
  • To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
  • To follow the execution of the program by making it to stop after every instruction, or by making it print a message after every step.


Similar words


  • From Middle English trace, traas, from Old French trace, from the verb (see below).
  • From Middle English tracen, from Old French tracer, trasser, probably a conflation of Vulgar Latin *tractiƍ ("to delineate, score, trace"), from Latin trahere ("to draw"); and Old French traquer, from trac, from Middle Dutch treck, treke. More at track.

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