- IPA: /tɹeɪs/, [tʃɹeɪs]
- An act of tracing.
- Your cell phone company can put a trace on your line.
- An enquiry sent out for a missing article, such as a letter or an express package.
- A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal.
- A residue of some substance or material.
- There are traces of chocolate around your lips.
- A very small amount.
- All of our chocolates may contain traces of nuts.
- (electronics) A current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board.
- An informal road or prominent path in an arid area.
- One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whippletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
- (engineering) A connecting bar or rod, pivoted at each end to the end of another piece, for transmitting motion, especially from one plane to another; specifically, such a piece in an organ stop action to transmit motion from the trundle to the lever actuating the stop slider.
- (fortification) The ground plan of a work or works.
- (geometry) The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
- (mathematics) The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix.
- (grammar) An empty category occupying a position in the syntactic structure from which something has been moved, used to explain constructions such as wh-movement and the passive.
- (mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal) track, trail
- (small amount) see also Thesaurus:modicum.
- German: Leiterplatte
- Spanish: traza
trace (traces, present participle tracing; past traced, past participle traced)
- (transitive) To follow the trail of.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- I feel thy power […] to trace the ways / Of highest agents.
- To follow the history of.
- You may trace the deluge quite round the globe.
- (transitive) To draw or sketch lightly or with care.
- He carefully traced the outlines of the old building before him.
- (transitive) To copy onto a sheet of paper superimposed over the original, by drawing over its lines.
- (transitive, obsolete) To copy; to imitate.
- That servile path thou nobly dost decline, / Of tracing word, and line by line.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To walk; to go; to travel.
- Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace.
- (transitive, obsolete) To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
- 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
- We do trace this alley up and down.
- (computer, transitive) To follow the execution of the program by making it to stop after every instruction, or by making it print a message after every step.
- Portuguese: rastrear