What does trail mean?

Definitions for trail
treɪltrail

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word trail.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trailnoun

    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. trailnoun

    a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country

  3. lead, track, trailverb

    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 backverb

    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, trackverb

    go after with the intent to catch

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

  6. trail, shackverb

    move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly

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

  7. trailverb

    hang down so as to drag along the ground

    "The bride's veiled trailed along the ground"

  8. trail, trainverb

    drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground

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

Wiktionary

  1. trailnoun

    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.

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

  2. trailnoun

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

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

  3. trailnoun

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

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

  4. trailverb

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

    The hunters trailed their prey deep into the woods.

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

  5. trailverb

    To drag (something) behind on the ground.

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

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

  6. trailverb

    To leave (a trail of).

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

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

  7. trailverb

    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.

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

  8. trailverb

    To be losing, to be behind in a competition.

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trailverb

    to hunt by the track; to track

  2. Trailverb

    to draw or drag, as along the ground

  3. Trailverb

    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. Trailverb

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

  5. Trailverb

    to take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon

  6. Trailverb

    to be drawn out in length; to follow after

  7. Trailverb

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

  8. Trailnoun

    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. Trailnoun

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

  10. Trailnoun

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

  11. Trailnoun

    anything drawn behind in long undulations; a train

  12. Trailnoun

    anything drawn along, as a vehicle

  13. Trailnoun

    a frame for trailing plants; a trellis

  14. Trailnoun

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

  15. Trailnoun

    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. Trailnoun

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

Freebase

  1. Trail

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trail

    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

  1. trail

    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.

  2. trail

    In gunnery, the end of a traveling-carriage, opposite to the wheels, and upon which the carriage slides when unlimbered. See Ordnance, Carriages for.

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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 for trail »

  1. trial

  2. litra

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trail in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of trail in a Sentence

  1. President Obama:

    Time and again this election, Jeb Bush has been outshone by more charismatic candidates. On Monday, there was a slight variation on the story. Once again, Jeb was outdone by a much more talented politician, but this time, it was a backer and not a rival: Jeb’s big brother George W. Bush. It was the former president’s first appearance on the campaign trail this cycle, and it came just a few days before the South Carolina Republican primary, which is shaping up to be a make-or-break moment for Jeb. President Bush, along with his wife Laura and Senator Lindsey Graham, helped pack 3,000 people in for a rally in North Charleston. It’s proof that his popularity endures in South Carolina, but it’s too early to tell whether that popularity will prove transferrable.

  2. Joe Biden:

    In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort, and not once -- never -- did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.

  3. Amit Chowdhary:

    There was a trail of the climbers there and the trail ended in an avalanche. There was evidence of a very large avalanche.

  4. Harris Interactive pollster Jean-Daniel Levy:

    There is the risk that he could run out of steam, alain Juppé has managed to create trust, an image of stability... but the question is whether he will manage to hit the campaign trail differently than Balladur, who was seen as cold and distant.

  5. Brian Williams:

    A rising trail of smoke, then a second rocket launch, an orange flash and more smoke — as a rocket heads off toward Israel.

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Translations for trail

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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
  • שטעגYiddish
  • 線索Chinese

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    a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dress
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