Meaning of TRACE in English



Pronunciation: ' tr ā s

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from tracer to trace

Date: 14th century

1 archaic : a course or path that one follows

2 a : a mark or line left by something that has passed also : FOOTPRINT b : a path, trail, or road made by the passage of animals, people, or vehicles

3 a : a sign or evidence of some past thing : VESTIGE b : ENGRAM

4 : something (as a line) traced or drawn: as a : the marking made by a recording instrument (as a seismograph or kymograph) b : the ground plan of a military installation or position either on a map or on the ground

5 a : the intersection of a line or plane with a plane b : the usually bright line or spot that moves across the screen of a cathode-ray tube also : the path taken by such a line or spot

6 a : a minute and often barely detectable amount or indication <a trace of a smile> b : an amount of a chemical constituent not always quantitatively determinable because of minuteness

– trace · less \ -l ə s \ adjective

synonyms TRACE , VESTIGE , TRACK mean a perceptible sign made by something that has passed. TRACE may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect <a snowfield pockmarked with the traces of caribou>. VESTIGE applies to a tangible reminder such as a fragment or remnant of what is past and gone <boulders that are vestiges of the last ice age>. TRACK implies a continuous line that can be followed <the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs>.

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.