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. Tom Hayes:

    I could've done a million things to reduce the trail, the practice was tried and tested, it was so endemic within the bank (UBS), I just thought ... this can't be a big issue because everybody knows about it ... (it was) such an open secret.

  2. Aaron David Miller:

    He is going to be hammered -- and he already is on the campaign trail by Republicans who argue, 'See, Mr. President, you identified this as a JV organization, you are risk averse. What if this had been an American aircraft?

  3. Eric Angely:

    David Pottier said of United States. Thepandemic has wreaked havoc across the world, infecting 6.6 million people, killing over 391,000 and devastating economies.It poses a particular threat to the elderly like the surviving D-Day veterans who are in their late nineties or older. It has also affected the younger generations who turn out every year to mark the occasion. Most have been barred from traveling to the windswept coasts of American Normandy. In this photo taken on Thursday, June 4, 2020, two people stop to look at an information board at Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, American Normandy, France. In sharp contrast to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this year's 76th will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever, as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping nearly everyone from traveling. ( AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) Some 160,000 soldiers made the perilous crossing from England that day in atrocious conditions, storming dunes which they knew were heavily defended by German troops determined to hold their positions. Somehow, they succeeded. Yet they left a trail of thousands of casualties who have been mourned for generations since. Last year stood out, with U.S. President Donald Trump joining his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. A smattering of veterans were honored with the highest accolades. All across the beaches of American Normandy tens of thousands came from across the globe to pay their respects to the dead and laud the surviving soldiers. The acrid smell of wartime-era jeep exhaust fumes and the rumble of old tanks filled the air as parades of vintages vehicles went from village to village. The tiny roads between the dunes, hedges and apple orchards were clogged for hours, if not days. FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French Donald Trump Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron, watch a flyover during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, in Colleville-sur-Mer, American Normandy, France. In sharp contrast to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this year's 76th will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever, as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping nearly everyone from traveling. ( AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Heading into the D-Day remembrance weekend this year, only the salty brine coming off the ocean on Omaha Beach hits the nostrils, the shrieks of seagulls pierce the ears and a sense of desolation hangs across the regions country roads. Last year this place was full with jeeps, trucks, people dressed up as soldiers.

  4. Lieutenant Ken Nelson:

    We were surprised that they were able to get their sedan to where they'd driven, they were trying to take a shortcut to Palm Springs and got on a dirt road that eventually turned into a trail and then just ended.

  5. Barack Obama:

    Charlie was the first African-American to earn a PGA tour card – often facing indignity and injustice even as he faced the competition, though his best golf was already behind him, he proved that he belonged... blazing a trail for future generations of athletes in America.

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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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