trail (trails, present participle trailing; past and past participle trailed)
- (transitive) To follow behind (someone or something); to tail (someone or something).
- The hunters trailed their prey deep into the woods.
- (transitive) To drag (something) behind on the ground.
- You'll get your coat all muddy if you trail it around like that.
- 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1
- "I saw your brother—I saw your brother," he said, nodding his head, as Archer lagged past him, trailing his spade, and scowling at the old gentleman in spectacles.
- (transitive) To leave (a trail of).
- He walked into the house, soaking wet, and trailed water all over the place.
- (transitive) To show a trailer of (a film, TV show etc.); to release or publish a preview of (a report etc.) in advance of the full publication.
- His new film was trailed on TV last night.
- There were no surprises in this morning's much-trailed budget statement.
- (intransitive) To hang or drag loosely behind; to move with a slow sweeping motion.
- The bride's long dress trailed behind her as she walked down the aisle.
- (intransitive) To run or climb like certain plants.
- (intransitive) To drag oneself lazily or reluctantly along.
- Our parents marched to church and we trailed behind.
- To be losing, to be behind in a competition.
- (military) To carry (a firearm) with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.
- To flatten (grass, etc.) by walking through it; to tread down.
- (dated) To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.
- I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly termed) trailing Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her ignorance.
- French: pister, suivre
- German: folgen, verfolgen, nachstellen, nacheilen, nachsetzen
- Italian: pedinare, seguire, inseguire
- Portuguese: seguir
- Russian: идти по следу; высле́живать
- Spanish: seguir
- French: traîner
- German: schleppen, schleifen, ziehen
- Italian: trascinare, trainare, strascicare
- Portuguese: arrastar
- Russian: тяну́ть
- Spanish: arrastrar
- German: zurücklassen, eine Spur hinter sich lassen
trail (plural trails)
- The track or indication marking the route followed by something that has passed, such as the footprints of animal on land or the contrail of an airplane in the sky.
- A route for travel over land, especially a narrow, unpaved pathway for use by hikers, horseback riders, etc.
- A trailer broadcast on television for a forthcoming film or programme.
- (graph theory) A walk in which all the edges are distinct.
- French: piste, traces
- German: Spur
- Italian: traccia, pista
- Portuguese: rasto, rastro
- Russian: след
- Spanish: pista, rastro
- French: piste, sentier
- German: Pfad, Weg
- Italian: sentiero, pista
- Portuguese: trilha
- Russian: тропа́
- Spanish: sendero
- A city in British Columbia
- A city in Minnesota