n 1: a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of
an accent" [syn: hint
2: a clue that something has been present; "there wasn't a
trace of evidence for the claim" [syn: vestige
3: a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm
in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
4: drawing created by tracing [syn: tracing
5: either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a
wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
v 1: follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of
something; "We must follow closely the economic
development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress"
2: make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the
outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: draw
3: to go back over again, as of a route or steps; "we retraced
the route we took last summer" [syn: retrace
4: pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer
into the woods" [syn: hound
5: discover traces of; "She traced the circumstances of her
6: 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"
7: 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"
8: read with difficulty; "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The
archeologist traced the hieroglyphs" [syn: decipher