Definitions for tracetreɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tracetreɪs(n.; v.)traced, trac•ing

  1. (n.)a surviving mark, sign, or evidence of the former existence, influence, or action of some agent or event; vestige.

  2. a barely discernible indication or evidence of some quantity, quality, characteristic, expression, etc.

  3. an extremely small amount of some chemical component:

    a trace of copper in the ore.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. traces, the series of footprints left by an animal.

  5. the track left by the passage of a person, animal, or object.

  6. precipitation of less than 0.005 in. (0.127 mm).

    Category: Meteorology

  7. a trail or path, esp. through wild or open territory, made by the passage of people, animals, or vehicles.

  8. a tracing, drawing, or sketch of something.

  9. a lightly drawn line, as the record drawn by a self-registering instrument.

  10. Math. the intersection of two planes, or of a plane and a surface. the sum of the elements along the principal diagonal of a square matrix.

    Category: Math

  11. (v.t.)to follow the footprints, track, or traces of.

  12. to follow (footprints, evidence, the history or course of something, etc.).

  13. to follow the course, development, or history of:

    to trace a political movement.

  14. to ascertain by investigation; discover.

  15. to draw (a line, outline, figure, etc.).

  16. to make a plan, diagram, or map of.

  17. to copy (a drawing, plan, etc.) by following the lines of the original on a superimposed transparent sheet.

    Category: Printing

  18. to make an impression or imprinting of (a design, pattern, etc.).

    Category: Printing

  19. (v.i.)to go back in history, ancestry, or origin.

  20. to follow a course, trail, etc.

Origin of trace:

1250–1300; ME: to make one's way, proceed < MF tracier < VL *tractiāre, der. of L tractus, ptp. of trahere to draw, drag



  1. either of the two straps, ropes, or chains by which a carriage, wagon, or the like is drawn by a harnessed horse or other draft animal.

Idioms for trace:

  1. kick over the traces, to throw off restraint; become independent or defiant.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of trace:

1300–50; ME trais < MF, pl. of trait strap for harness < L tractus dragging

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trace, hint, suggestion(noun)

    a just detectable amount

    "he speaks French with a trace of an accent"

  2. trace, vestige, tincture, shadow(noun)

    an indication that something has been present

    "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of condescension"

  3. touch, trace, ghost(noun)

    a suggestion of some quality

    "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"

  4. tracing, trace(noun)

    a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image

  5. trace(noun)

    either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree

  6. trace(verb)

    a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle

  7. trace, follow(verb)

    follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

    "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress"

  8. trace, draw, line, describe, delineate(verb)

    make a mark or lines on a surface

    "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

  9. trace, retrace(verb)

    to go back over again

    "we retraced the route we took last summer"; "trace your path"

  10. hound, hunt, trace(verb)

    pursue or chase relentlessly

    "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him"

  11. trace(verb)

    discover traces of

    "She traced the circumstances of her birth"

  12. trace(verb)

    make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along

    "The children traced along the edge of the dark forest"; "The women traced the pasture"

  13. trace(verb)

    copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of

    "trace a design"; "trace a pattern"

  14. decipher, trace(verb)

    read with difficulty

    "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. trace(verb)ɪs

    to find out where sb or sth is

    Police want to trace the car seen at the accident.

  2. traceɪs

    to find out what the origin or cause of sth was

    I've been trying to trace my family history.; The cause has been traced to a chemical leak.

  3. traceɪs

    to copy a picture by drawing on transparent piece of paper that covers it

    kids tracing pictures of farm animals

  4. trace(noun)ɪs

    a small amount of sth

    traces of blood found in his apartment

  5. traceɪs

    an indication or sign of sth

    There seemed to be no trace of the woman.


  1. trace(Noun)

    An act of tracing.

    Your cell phone company can put a trace on your line.

  2. trace(Noun)

    A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal.

  3. trace(Noun)

    A very small amount.

  4. trace(Noun)

    An electric current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board.

  5. trace(Noun)

    An informal road or prominent path in an arid area.

  6. trace(Noun)

    The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix.

  7. trace(Verb)

    To follow the trail of.

  8. trace(Verb)

    To follow the history of.

  9. trace(Verb)

    To draw or sketch.

  10. trace(Verb)

    To copy onto a sheet of transparent paper.

  11. trace(Verb)

    To walk; to go; to travel.

    Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace. uE000106720uE001 Spenser.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trace(noun)

    one of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whiffletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug

  2. Trace(verb)

    a mark left by anything passing; a track; a path; a course; a footprint; a vestige; as, the trace of a carriage or sled; the trace of a deer; a sinuous trace

  3. Trace(verb)

    a very small quantity of an element or compound in a given substance, especially when so small that the amount is not quantitatively determined in an analysis; -- hence, in stating an analysis, often contracted to tr

  4. Trace(verb)

    a mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token; vestige

  5. Trace(verb)

    the intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane

  6. Trace(verb)

    the ground plan of a work or works

  7. Trace(verb)

    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

  8. Trace(verb)

    to follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks, or tokens

  9. Trace(verb)

    hence, to follow the trace or track of

  10. Trace(verb)

    to copy; to imitate

  11. Trace(verb)

    to walk over; to pass through; to traverse

  12. Trace(verb)

    to walk; to go; to travel


  1. TRACE

    TRACE was a NASA space telescope designed to investigate the connections between fine-scale magnetic fields and the associated plasma structures on the Sun by providing high resolution images and observation of the solar photosphere and transition region to the corona. A main focus of the TRACE instrument is the fine structure of coronal loops low in the solar atmosphere. TRACE is a SMEX or SMall EXplorer mission, launched in 1998 and obtaining its last science image in 2010. The satellite was built by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Its telescope was constructed by a consortium led by Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center. The optics were designed and built to a state-of-the-art surface finish for the period, by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge MA. TRACE was launched in April 1998 on a Pegasus rocket, has a 30 cm aperture and 1024 x 1024 CCD detector giving an 8.5 arc minute field of view. The telescope is designed to take correlated images in a range of wavelengths from visible light, through the Lyman alpha line to far ultraviolet. The different wavelength passbands correspond to plasma emission temperatures from 4,000 to 4,000,000 K. The optics use a special multilayer technique to focus the difficult-to-reflect EUV light; the technique was first used for solar imaging in the late 1980s and 1990s, notably by the MSSTA and NIXT sounding rocket payloads.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'trace' in Nouns Frequency: #1898

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    Rank popularity for the word 'trace' in Verbs Frequency: #605

Anagrams of trace

  1. crate

  2. react

  3. recta

  4. caret

  5. cater

Translations for trace

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a mark or sign left by something

There were traces of egg on the plate; There's still no trace of the missing child.

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