a track or mark left by something that has passed
"there as a trail of blood"; "a tear left its trail on her cheek"
a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
lead, track, trail(verb)
evidence pointing to a possible solution
"the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
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"
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"
move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly
"John trailed behind his class mates"; "The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart"
hang down so as to drag along the ground
"The bride's veiled trailed along the ground"
drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground
"The toddler was trailing his pants"; "She trained her long scarf behind her"
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.
A route for travel over land, especially a narrow, unpaved pathway for use by hikers, horseback riders, etc.
A trailer broadcast on television for a forthcoming film or programme.
To follow behind (someone or something); to tail (someone or something).
The hunters trailed their prey deep into the woods.
To drag (something) behind on the ground.
You'll get your coat all muddy if you trail it around like that.
To leave (a trail of).
He walked into the house, soaking wet, and trailed water all over the place.
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.
To be losing, to be behind in a competition.
Origin: trahere, to drag along
to hunt by the track; to track
to draw or drag, as along the ground
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
to tread down, as grass, by walking through it; to lay flat
to take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon
to be drawn out in length; to follow after
to grow to great length, especially when slender and creeping upon the ground, as a plant; to run or climb
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
a footpath or road track through a wilderness or wild region; as, an Indian trail over the plains
anything drawn out to a length; as, the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke
anything drawn behind in long undulations; a train
anything drawn along, as a vehicle
a frame for trailing plants; a trellis
the entrails of a fowl, especially of game, as the woodcock, and the like; -- applied also, sometimes, to the entrails of sheep
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
the act of taking advantage of the ignorance of a person; an imposition
Trail is a city in the West Kootenay region of the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
trāl, v.t. to draw along the ground: to hunt by tracking: to draw out, lead on: to tread down, as grass, by walking through: to carry, as a musket or pike, in an oblique forward position, the breech or the butt near the ground.—v.i. to be drawn out in length, to hang or drag loosely behind: to run or climb as a plant: to move with slow sweeping motion: to drag one's self lazily along.—n. anything drawn out in length: track followed by the hunter.—ns. Trail′er, one who trails: a climbing plant: a carriage dragged (or trailed) behind another to which the motive power is applied; Trail′-net, a drag-net. [O. Fr. traail—Low L. trahale—L. traha, a sledge—trahĕre, to draw.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In tactics, to carry, as a fire-arm, with the butt near the ground, and the muzzle inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.
In gunnery, the end of a traveling-carriage, opposite to the wheels, and upon which the carriage slides when unlimbered. See Ordnance, Carriages for.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'trail' in Nouns Frequency: #2342
Rank popularity for the word 'trail' in Verbs Frequency: #1036
The numerical value of trail in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of trail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- جرّ, أثرArabic
- rastre, corriol, pista, arrossegarCatalan, Valencian
- spor, følgeDanish
- schleifen, eine Spur hinter sich lassen, ziehen, Pfad, folgen, nacheilen, nachsetzen, schleppen, zurücklassen, Spur, Weg, verfolgen, nachstellenGerman
- ίχνος, μονοπάτιGreek
- pista, sendero, seguir, rastro, arrastrarSpanish
- jälki, polku, seurata, jäljittää, reitti, eräreitti, raahata, jättää jälkeensäFinnish
- piste, sentier, pister, suivre, traces, traînerFrench
- slighe, slaodScottish Gaelic
- արահետ, շավիղArmenian
- sentiero, pista, inseguire, strascicare, traccia, pedinare, seguire, trascinare, trainareItalian
- ნაკვალევი, ბილიკი, კვალიGeorgian
- vestīgia, semitaLatin
- maheu, aru, paparahi, makenu, kitōMāori
- spoor, route, padDutch
- trop, śledzić, tropić, ścieżkaPolish
- trilha, seguir, rasto, rastro, arrastarPortuguese
- след, выслеживать, выследить, волочить, тащить, тропа, тянутьRussian
- stig, led, spårSwedish
- జాడ, కాలిబాటTelugu
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