Definitions for traceable
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
tracetreɪs(n.; v.)traced, trac•ing
(n.)a surviving mark, sign, or evidence of the former existence, influence, or action of some agent or event; vestige.
a barely discernible indication or evidence of some quantity, quality, characteristic, expression, etc.
an extremely small amount of some chemical component:
a trace of copper in the ore.
traces, the series of footprints left by an animal.
the track left by the passage of a person, animal, or object.
precipitation of less than 0.005 in. (0.127 mm).
a trail or path, esp. through wild or open territory, made by the passage of people, animals, or vehicles.
a tracing, drawing, or sketch of something.
a lightly drawn line, as the record drawn by a self-registering instrument.
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.
(v.t.)to follow the footprints, track, or traces of.
to follow (footprints, evidence, the history or course of something, etc.).
to follow the course, development, or history of:
to trace a political movement.
to ascertain by investigation; discover.
to draw (a line, outline, figure, etc.).
to make a plan, diagram, or map of.
to copy (a drawing, plan, etc.) by following the lines of the original on a superimposed transparent sheet.
to make an impression or imprinting of (a design, pattern, etc.).
(v.i.)to go back in history, ancestry, or origin.
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
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:
kick over the traces, to throw off restraint; become independent or defiant.
Origin of trace:
1300–50; ME trais < MF, pl. of trait strap for harness < L tractus dragging
(usually followed by `to') able to be traced to
"a failure traceable to lack of energy"
capable of being traced or tracked
"a traceable riverbed"; "the traceable course of an ancient wall"
Capable of being traced; possible to track down.
There was no traceable evidence left, when the detectives arrived.
capable of being traced