Definitions for trail
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word trail.
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, trailverb
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 backverb
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, trackverb
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.
Etymology: trahere, to drag along
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
See but the issue of my jealousy: if I cry out thus upon no trail, never trust me when I open again. William Shakespeare.
How chearfully on the false trail they cry!
Oh, this is counter, you false Danish dogs. William Shakespeare.
I do think, or else this brain of mine
Hunts not the trail of policy so sure
As I have us’d to do, that I have found
The very cause of Hamlet’s lunacy. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.
From thence the fuming trail began to spread,
And lambent glories danc’d about her head. John Dryden, Æn.
When light’ning shoots in glitt’ring trails along:
It shines, ’tis true, and gilds the gloomy night;
But when it strikes, ’tis fatal. Nicholas Rowe, Royal Convert.
And round about her work she did empale
With a fair border wrought of sundry flow’rs,
Enwoven with an ivy winding trail. Edmund Spenser, Muiopotmos.
A sudden star it shot through liquid air,
And drew behind a radiant trail of hair. Alexander Pope.
Etymology: trailler, Fr.
Beat thou the drum, that it speak mournfully:
Trail your steel pikes. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
Faintly he staggered through the hissing throng,
And hung his head, and trail’d his legs along. Dryden.
What boots the regal circle on his head,
That long behind he trails his pompous robe,
And, of all monarchs, only grasps the globe? Alexander Pope.
Because they shall not trail me through their streets
Like a wild beast, I am content to go. John Milton, Agonistes.
Thrice happy poet, who may trail
Thy house about thee like a snail;
Or harness’d to a nag, at ease
Take journies in it like a chaise;
Or in a boat, whene’er thou wilt,
Canst make it serve thee for a tilt. Jonathan Swift.
To be drawn out in length.
When his brother saw the red blood trail
Adown so fast, and all his armour steepe,
For very felness loud he ’gan to weep. Fairy Qu. b. ii.
Since the flames pursu’d the trailing smoke,
He knew his boon was granted. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.
From o’er the roof the blaze began to move,
And trailing vanish’d in th’ Idean grove.
It swept a path in heav’n, and shone a guide,
Then in a steaming stench of sulphur dy’d. John Dryden, Æn.
In the field of cell biology, TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), is a protein functioning as a ligand that induces the process of cell death called apoptosis.TRAIL is a cytokine that is produced and secreted by most normal tissue cells. It causes apoptosis primarily in tumor cells, by binding to certain death receptors. TRAIL and its receptors have been used as the targets of several anti-cancer therapeutics since the mid-1990s, such as Mapatumumab. However, as of 2013, these have not shown significant survival benefit. TRAIL has also been implicated as a pathogenic or protective factor in various pulmonary diseases, particularly pulmonary arterial hypertension.TRAIL has also been designated CD253 (cluster of differentiation 253) and TNFSF10 (tumor necrosis factor (ligand) superfamily, member 10).
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
As soon as George [and] I came back from doing the Inca Trail is when my mind started shifting from Kilimanjaro being just a personal goal to including other amputees.
We have a trail of Mark Meadows being aware now of what was happening at the Capitol, not just, you know,' Maybe I knew. Maybe I watched news' and everyone may know that that wasn't true. But you now have proof of it, people desperately pleading for Mark Meadows being aware now to get the President to be involved because the President, for something like 182 minutes, nobody heard from them. Nobody knew what Mark Meadows being aware now was up to despite this being all over the news, and we know Mark Meadows being aware now watches the news.
Squabbling and sanctimony may be tolerated in other venues -- or perhaps on the campaign trail.
If trail users simply treat each other with mutual respect, we could all get along and have a great time in the woods.
Hiking the trail is like a reset button, it helps you become a civilian again.
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Translations for trail
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- أثر, جرّArabic
- pista, corriol, rastre, arrossegarCatalan, Valencian
- spor, følgeDanish
- nacheilen, verfolgen, Weg, zurücklassen, Pfad, schleppen, nachstellen, nachsetzen, folgen, Spur, ziehen, eine Spur hinter sich lassen, schleifenGerman
- ίχνος, μονοπάτιGreek
- rastro, pista, seguir, arrastrar, senderoSpanish
- jälki, jättää jälkeensä, seurata, jäljittää, eräreitti, polku, reitti, raahataFinnish
- traces, traîner, suivre, sentier, piste, pisterFrench
- slighe, slaodScottish Gaelic
- արահետ, շավիղArmenian
- traccia, seguire, pedinare, strascicare, trascinare, trainare, inseguire, pista, sentieroItalian
- კვალი, ბილიკი, ნაკვალევიGeorgian
- semita, vestīgiaLatin
- paparahi, makenu, kitō, aru, maheuMāori
- spoor, pad, routeDutch
- ścieżka, trop, śledzić, tropićPolish
- rasto, arrastar, seguir, trilha, rastroPortuguese
- след, тащить, волочить, тропа, выследить, выслеживать, тянутьRussian
- stig, spår, ledSwedish
- జాడ, కాలిబాటTelugu
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