trace


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trace \Trace\, n. [F. trais. pl. of trait. See Trait.]
   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.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trace \Trace\, n. [F. trace. See Trace, v. t. ]
   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.
      --Milton.
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   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.
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   3. A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left
      when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token;
      vestige.
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            The shady empire shall retain no trace
            Of war or blood, but in the sylvan chase. --Pope.
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   4. (Descriptive Geom. & Persp.) The intersection of a plane
      of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate
      plane.
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   5. (Fort.) The ground plan of a work or works.
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   Syn.-Vestige; mark; token. See Vestige.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trace \Trace\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. traced; p. pr. & vb. n.
   tracing.] [OF. tracier, F. tracer, from (assumed) LL.
   tractiare, fr.L. tractus, p. p. of trahere to draw. Cf.
   Abstract, Attract, Contract, Portratt, Tract,
   Trail, Train, Treat. ]
   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.
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            Some faintly traced features or outline of the
            mother and the child, slowly lading into the
            twilight of the woods.                --Hawthorne.
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   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. --Cowper.
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            You may trace the deluge quite round the globe. --T.
                                                  Burnet.
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            I feel thy power . . . to trace the ways
            Of highest agents.                    --Milton.
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   3. Hence, to follow the trace or track of.
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            How all the way the prince on footpace traced.
                                                  --Spenser.
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   4. To copy; to imitate.
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            That servile path thou nobly dost decline,
            Of tracing word, and line by line.    --Denham.
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   5. To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
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            We do tracethis alley up and down.    --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trace \Trace\, v. i.
   To walk; to go; to travel. [Obs.]
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         Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace. --Spenser.
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