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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to drag or let drag along the ground or other surface; draw or drag along behind.

  2. to bring or have floating after itself or oneself:

    a racing car trailing clouds of dust.

  3. to follow the track, trail, or scent of; track.

  4. to follow along behind (another), as in a race.

  5. (v.i.)to be drawn or dragged along the ground or some other surface:

    The bridal gown trailed across the floor.

  6. to hang down loosely from something.

  7. to stream from or float after something moving, as dust, smoke, and sparks do.

  8. to follow as if drawn along.

  9. to go slowly, lazily, or wearily along.

  10. to pass or extend in a straggling line.

  11. to change gradually or wander from a course, so as to become weak, ineffectual, etc. (usu. fol. by off or away):

    Her voice trailed off into silence.

  12. to arrive or be last.

  13. to be losing in a contest.

  14. to follow a track or scent, as of game.

  15. (of a plant) to extend itself in growth along the ground rather than taking root or clinging by tendrils, etc.

    Category: Botany

  16. (n.)a path or track made in overgrown or rough terrain by the passage of people or animals.

  17. the track, scent, or the like, left by an animal, person, or thing.

  18. something that is trailed or that trails behind, as the train of a skirt or robe.

  19. a stream of dust, smoke, light, people, vehicles, etc., behind something moving.

  20. either of two rearward-facing parts of an artillery piece, spread out on the ground for support when the piece is fired.

    Category: Military

Origin of trail:

1275–1325; ME: to draw or drag in the rear; cf. OE træglian to tear off, c. MD traghelen to drag


Princeton's WordNet

  1. trail(noun)

    a track or mark left by something that has passed

    "there as a trail of blood"; "a tear left its trail on her cheek"

  2. trail(noun)

    a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country

  3. lead, track, trail(verb)

    evidence pointing to a possible solution

    "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"

  4. drag, trail, get behind, hang back, drop behind, drop back(verb)

    to lag or linger behind

    "But in so many other areas we still are dragging"

  5. chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track(verb)

    go after with the intent to catch

    "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit"

  6. trail, shack(verb)

    move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly

    "John trailed behind his class mates"; "The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart"

  7. trail(verb)

    hang down so as to drag along the ground

    "The bride's veiled trailed along the ground"

  8. trail, train(verb)

    drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground

    "The toddler was trailing his pants"; "She trained her long scarf behind her"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. trail(noun)ɪl

    a path in the woods, mountains, etc. for walking or climbing

    a mountain trail; a hiking trail

  2. trailɪl

    marks left by a person or animal as it moves

    They followed the wild boar trail.

  3. trail(verb)ɪl

    to follow sb

    Police are trailing the suspects.; a group of kids trailing along behind their mothers

  4. trailɪl

    to pull or be pulled along behind

    a boy trailing his scarf along the floor; a boat with a rope trailing behind it


  1. trail(Noun)

    The track or indication marking the route followed by something that has passed, such as the footprints of animal on land or the contrail of an airplane in the sky.

  2. trail(Noun)

    A route for travel over land, especially a narrow, unpaved pathway for use by hikers, horseback riders, etc.

  3. trail(Noun)

    A trailer broadcast on television for a forthcoming film or programme.

  4. trail(Verb)

    To follow behind (someone or something); to tail (someone or something).

    The hunters trailed their prey deep into the woods.

  5. trail(Verb)

    To drag (something) behind on the ground.

    You'll get your coat all muddy if you trail it around like that.

  6. trail(Verb)

    To leave (a trail of).

    He walked into the house, soaking wet, and trailed water all over the place.

  7. trail(Verb)

    To show a trailer of (a film, TV show etc.); to release or publish a preview of (a report etc.) in advance of the full publication.

  8. trail(Verb)

    To be losing, to be behind in a competition.

  9. Origin: trahere, to drag along

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trail(verb)

    to hunt by the track; to track

  2. Trail(verb)

    to draw or drag, as along the ground

  3. Trail(verb)

    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. Trail(verb)

    to tread down, as grass, by walking through it; to lay flat

  5. Trail(verb)

    to take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon

  6. Trail(verb)

    to be drawn out in length; to follow after

  7. Trail(verb)

    to grow to great length, especially when slender and creeping upon the ground, as a plant; to run or climb

  8. Trail(noun)

    a track left by man or beast; a track followed by the hunter; a scent on the ground by the animal pursued; as, a deer trail

  9. Trail(noun)

    a footpath or road track through a wilderness or wild region; as, an Indian trail over the plains

  10. Trail(noun)

    anything drawn out to a length; as, the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke

  11. Trail(noun)

    anything drawn behind in long undulations; a train

  12. Trail(noun)

    anything drawn along, as a vehicle

  13. Trail(noun)

    a frame for trailing plants; a trellis

  14. Trail(noun)

    the entrails of a fowl, especially of game, as the woodcock, and the like; -- applied also, sometimes, to the entrails of sheep

  15. Trail(noun)

    that part of the stock of a gun carriage which rests on the ground when the piece is unlimbered. See Illust. of Gun carriage, under Gun

  16. Trail(noun)

    the act of taking advantage of the ignorance of a person; an imposition


  1. Trail

    Trail is a city in the West Kootenay region of the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TRAIL' in Nouns Frequency: #2342

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TRAIL' in Verbs Frequency: #1036

Anagrams of TRAIL

  1. trial

  2. litra

Translations for TRAIL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a track (of an animal)

The trail was easy for the hunters to follow.

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