What does trail mean?

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trail(noun)

    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. trail(noun)

    a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country

  3. lead, track, trail(verb)

    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 back(verb)

    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, track(verb)

    go after with the intent to catch

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

  6. trail, shack(verb)

    move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly

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

  7. trail(verb)

    hang down so as to drag along the ground

    "The bride's veiled trailed along the ground"

  8. trail, train(verb)

    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. trail(Noun)

    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. trail(Noun)

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

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

  3. trail(Noun)

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

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

  4. trail(Verb)

    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. trail(Verb)

    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. trail(Verb)

    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. trail(Verb)

    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. trail(Verb)

    To be losing, to be behind in a competition.

    Etymology: trahere, to drag along

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trail(verb)

    to hunt by the track; to track

  2. Trail(verb)

    to draw or drag, as along the ground

  3. Trail(verb)

    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. Trail(verb)

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

  5. Trail(verb)

    to take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon

  6. Trail(verb)

    to be drawn out in length; to follow after

  7. Trail(verb)

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

  8. Trail(noun)

    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. Trail(noun)

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

  10. Trail(noun)

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

  11. Trail(noun)

    anything drawn behind in long undulations; a train

  12. Trail(noun)

    anything drawn along, as a vehicle

  13. Trail(noun)

    a frame for trailing plants; a trellis

  14. Trail(noun)

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

  15. Trail(noun)

    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. Trail(noun)

    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.

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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How to say trail in sign language?

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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. Jim Bridenstine:

    The reason we do it is because we want to improve human lives on Earth, and if you look at the small amount that NASA’s budget is … we’re talking about one-half of one percent of the federal budget, and you look at the return on that investment, nASA has blazed a trail that has improved the human condition on Earth, and we want to continue that type of investment.

  2. Jamie Roe:

    He has to show some progress in the next couple years on trade, in the upcoming year I at least want to see progress towards the bulk of all the issues he brought up through the campaign trail.

  3. Armstrong Williams:

    Dr. Carson does have a book out that he's talking about on the campaign trail, but he's also talking about issues. He's talking about his policies. It's a very delicate situation but Dr. Carson has not suspended (his campaign).

  4. The Daily Caller:

    Even though I don't know Sen. Cruz as well as I know some of the governors, I've grown to know him and like him and admire him quite a bit out on the campaign trail.

  5. Mick Mulvaney:

    The President was not willing, because of the promises The President made on the campaign trail, to deal with those entitlement programs.

Images & Illustrations of trail

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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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