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Dictionary Definition



1 a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of an accent" [syn: hint, suggestion]
2 an indication that something has been present; "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of condescension" [syn: vestige, tincture, shadow]
3 a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face" [syn: touch, ghost]
4 drawing created by tracing [syn: tracing]
5 either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
6 a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle


1 follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress" [syn: follow]
2 make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: draw, line, describe, delineate]
3 to go back over again; "we retraced the route we took last summer"; "trace your path" [syn: retrace]
4 pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found the him" [syn: hound, hunt]
5 discover traces of; "She traced the circumstances of her birth"
6 make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along; "The children traced along the edge of the drak forest"; "The women traced the pasture"
7 copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of; "trace a design"; "trace a pattern"
8 read with difficulty; "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs" [syn: decipher]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /treɪs/


  1. A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal.
  2. A very small amount.
  3. An electric current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board.
  4. An informal road or prominent path in an arid area.
  5. The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix.


mark left as a sign of passage
  • Croatian: trag
  • Czech: stopa
  • Japanese: (ato)
  • Portuguese: vestígio


  1. To follow the trail of.
  2. To draw or sketch.
  3. To copy onto a sheet of transparent paper.


to draw or sketch
  • Portuguese: traçar

Related terms





trace f
  1. trace, track

Verb form

  1. first-, third-person singular indicative present of tracer
  2. first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of tracer
  3. second-person singular imperative of tracer

Extensive Definition

Trace may refer to:

See also

trace in German: Trace
trace in Spanish: Huella
trace in French: Trace
trace in Italian: Trace
trace in Japanese: トレース
trace in Portuguese: Traço

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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