Trace

Definition of Trace

n.1.One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whiffletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
2.(Mech.) A connecting bar or rod, pivoted at each end to the end of another piece, for transmitting motion, esp. from one plane to another; specif., such a piece in an organ-stop action to transmit motion from the trundle to the lever actuating the stop slider.
1.A mark left by anything passing; a track; a path; a course; a footprint; a vestige; as, the trace of a carriage or sled; the trace of a deer; a sinuous trace.
2.(Chem. & Min.) A very small quantity of an element or compound in a given substance, especially when so small that the amount is not quantitatively determined in an analysis; - hence, in stating an analysis, often contracted to tr.
3.A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token; vestige.
The shady empire shall retain no trace
Of war or blood, but in the sylvan chase.
- Pope.
4.(Descriptive Geom. & Persp.) The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
5.(Fort.) The ground plan of a work or works.
Syn
-Vestige; mark; token. See Vestige.
v. t.1.To mark out; to draw or delineate with marks; especially, to copy, as a drawing or engraving, by following the lines and marking them on a sheet superimposed, through which they appear; as, to trace a figure or an outline; a traced drawing.
[imp. & p. p. traced ; p. pr. & vb. n. tracing.]
Some faintly traced features or outline of the mother and the child, slowly lading into the twilight of the woods.
- Hawthorne.
2.To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks, or tokens.
You may trace the deluge quite round the globe.
- T. Burnet.
I feel thy power . . . to trace the ways
Of highest agents.
- Milton.
3.Hence, to follow the trace or track of.
How all the way the prince on footpace traced.
- Spenser.
4.To copy; to imitate.
That servile path thou nobly dost decline,
Of tracing word, and line by line.
- Denham.
5.To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
We do tracethis alley up and down.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To walk; to go; to travel.
Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace.
- Spenser.

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