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Definition 1: a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for trace in the sense of this definition

(trace is a kind of ...) a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines

"drawings of abstract forms" "he did complicated pen-and-ink drawings like medieval miniatures"

Definition 2: either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree - [noun denoting artifact]

(trace is a kind of ...) something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

"a washing line"

(... is part of trace) stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart

Definition 3: an indication that something has been present - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim
  • a tincture of condescension

Synonyms for trace in the sense of this definition

(trace is a kind of ...) something that serves to indicate or suggest

"an indication of foul play" "indications of strain" "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"

(... is a kind of trace ) a trace suggesting that something was once present or felt or otherwise important

"the footprints of an earlier civilization"

Definition 4: a suggestion of some quality - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone
  • he detected a ghost of a smile on her face

Synonyms for trace in the sense of this definition

(trace is a kind of ...) a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

"it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse"

Definition 5: a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle - [noun denoting communication]

(trace is a kind of ...) a visible indication made on a surface

"some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks" "paw prints were everywhere"

Definition 6: a just detectable amount - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he speaks French with a trace of an accent
  • a hint mockery in her manner
  • a tint of glamour

Synonyms for trace in the sense of this definition

(trace is a kind of ...) an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

(... is a kind of trace ) a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger

"a spark of interest" "a spark of decency"

Definition 7: follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something - [verb of cognition]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba
  • trace the student's progress
  • trace one's ancestry

Synonyms for trace in the sense of this definition

(trace is a kind of ...) consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

"analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare" "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial" "analyze your real motives"

(trace has a similar meaning as ...) keep informed

"He kept up on his country's foreign policies"

(trace has a similar meaning as ...) follow with the eyes or the mind

"Keep an eye on the baby, please!" "The world is watching Sarajevo" "She followed the men with the binoculars"

Definition 8: read with difficulty - [verb of cognition]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Can you decipher this letter?
  • The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs

Synonyms for trace in the sense of this definition

(trace is a kind of ...) interpret something that is written or printed

"read the advertisement" "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"

Definition 9: make a mark or lines on a surface - [verb of contact]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • draw a line
  • trace the outline of a figure in the sand

Synonyms for trace in the sense of this definition

(trace is a kind of ...) make or leave a mark on

"the scouts marked the trail" "ash marked the believers' foreheads"

(... is a kind of trace ) draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions

"construct an equilateral triangle"

(... is a kind of trace ) draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible

(... is a kind of trace ) draw a line around

"He drew a circle around the points"

(... is a kind of trace ) to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect

(... is a kind of trace ) mark or trace on a surface

"The artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper" "Russian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet"

(trace has a similar meaning as ...) engage in drawing

"He spent the day drawing in the garden"

(trace has a similar meaning as ...) represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface

"She drew an elephant" "Draw me a horse"

Definition 10: copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of - [verb of creation]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • trace a design
  • trace a pattern

(trace is a kind of ...) make a replica of

"copy that drawing" "re-create a picture by Rembrandt"

Definition 11: pursue or chase relentlessly - [verb of motion]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The hunters traced the deer into the woods
  • the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him

Synonyms for trace in the sense of this definition

(trace is a kind of ...) go after with the intent to catch

"The policeman chased the mugger down the alley" "the dog chased the rabbit"

(... is a kind of trace ) hound or harry relentlessly

Definition 12: to go back over again - [verb of motion]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we retraced the route we took last summer
  • trace your path

Synonyms for trace in the sense of this definition

(trace is a kind of ...) go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before

"return to your native land" "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"

Definition 13: make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along - [verb of motion]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The children traced along the edge of the dark forest
  • The women traced the pasture

(trace is a kind of ...) move ahead; travel onward in time or space

"We proceeded towards Washington" "She continued in the direction of the hills" "We are moving ahead in time now"

Definition 14: discover traces of - [verb of perception]

Samples where trace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She traced the circumstances of her birth

(trace is a kind of ...) discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

"She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water" "We found traces of lead in the paint"

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