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Dictionary definition for: Trace

1. (n) a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of an accent"

2. (v) follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student''s progress"

3. (n) an indication that something has been present; "there wasn''t a trace of evidence for the claim" "a tincture of condescension"

4. (v) make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line" "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

5. (n) a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone" "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"

6. (v) to go back over again; "we retraced the route we took last summer" "trace your path"

7. (n) drawing created by tracing

8. (v) pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer into the woods" "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found the him"

9. (n) either of two lines that connect a horse''s harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree

10. (v) discover traces of; "She traced the circumstances of her birth"

11. (n) a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle

12. (v) 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"

13. (v) 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"

14. (v) read with difficulty; "Can you decipher this letter?" "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"

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