Definition of Trace


  • a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
  • either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
  • a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image
  • a suggestion of some quality
    "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"
    "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
  • an indication that something has been present
    "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"
    "a tincture of condescension"
  • a just detectable amount
    "he speaks French with a trace of an accent"


  • read with difficulty
    "Can you decipher this letter?"
    "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"
  • 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"
  • make one's course or travel along a path
    travel or pass over, around, or along
    "The children traced along the edge of the dark forest"
    "The women traced the pasture"
  • discover traces of
    "She traced the circumstances of her birth"
  • pursue or chase relentlessly
    "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"
    "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him"
  • to go back over again
    "we retraced the route we took last summer"
    "trace your path"
  • make a mark or lines on a surface
    "draw a line"
    "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
  • follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
    "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba"
    "trace the student's progress"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

Word games points for the Trace

  • Scrabble® score of the trace (7)
  • Word Chums® score of the trace (10)
  • Words With Friends® score of the trace (8)

Unscramble trace

47 unscramble word found using the letters trace.

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