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Definition 1: a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country - [noun denoting artifact]

(trail is a kind of ...) any road or path affording passage especially a rough one

(... is a kind of trail ) a trail over which cattle were driven to market

(... is a kind of trail ) a trail worn by the passage of deer

(... is a kind of trail ) a trail for horses

(... is a kind of trail ) a trail through the wilderness worn by Amerindians

(... is a kind of trail ) a trail through mountainous country

(... is a kind of trail ) trail or slope prepared for skiing

(... is an instance of trail) a trail that extends 1,100 miles from Anchorage over the Alaska Range to Nome

(... is an instance of trail) a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century

Definition 2: evidence pointing to a possible solution - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • the police are following a promising lead
  • the trail led straight to the perpetrator

Synonyms for trail in the sense of this definition

(trail is a kind of ...) your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief

"the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling"

Definition 3: a track or mark left by something that has passed - [noun denoting object]

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

  • there as a trail of blood
  • a tear left its trail on her cheek

(trail is a kind of ...) a line or route along which something travels or moves

"the hurricane demolished houses in its path" "the track of an animal" "the course of the river"

(... is a kind of trail ) the trail of an animal (especially a deer)

"he followed the deer's slot over the soft turf to the edge of the trees"

(... is a kind of trail ) the trail left by a person or an animal; what the hunter follows in pursuing game

"the hounds followed the fox's spoor"

Definition 4: drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground - [verb of contact]

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

  • The toddler was trailing his pants
  • She trained her long scarf behind her

Synonyms for trail in the sense of this definition

(trail is a kind of ...) pull, as against a resistance

"He dragged the big suitcase behind him" "These worries were dragging at him"

(trail has a similar meaning as ...) hang down so as to drag along the ground

"The bride's veiled trailed along the ground"

Definition 5: hang down so as to drag along the ground - [verb of contact]

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

  • The bride's veiled trailed along the ground

(trail has a similar meaning as ...) drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground

"The toddler was trailing his pants" "She trained her long scarf behind her"

Definition 6: go after with the intent to catch - [verb of motion]

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

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

Synonyms for trail in the sense of this definition

(trail is a kind of ...) follow in or as if in pursuit

"The police car pursued the suspected attacker" "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"

(... is a kind of trail ) chase an animal up a tree

"the hunters treed the bear with dogs and killed it" "her dog likes to tree squirrels"

(... is a kind of trail ) search the trail of (game)

"The dog went off and quested"

(... is a kind of trail ) pursue or chase relentlessly

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

(... is a kind of trail ) pursue until captured

"They ran down the fugitive"

Definition 7: move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly - [verb of motion]

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

  • John trailed behind his class mates
  • The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart

Synonyms for trail in the sense of this definition

(trail is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 8: to lag or linger behind - [verb of motion]

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

  • But in so many other areas we still are dragging

Synonyms for trail in the sense of this definition

(trail is a kind of ...) hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

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