Adjective "Trace" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Find or discover by investigation.
  1. 'The occupants of the BMW have never been traced despite an extensive police investigation.'
  2. 'Trolleys were loaded with boxes of cash and hidden under rubbish before being smuggled out of the bank into a waiting white transit van that has still not been traced.'
  3. 'Police also say they want help in tracing a Bedford van which was stolen from Abney Close in the Heeley area of Sheffield.'
  4. 'Police have so far been unable to trace the white Conway trailer, but a cheque from the Donnes has gone some way to lifting the youngster's spirits.'
  5. 'Inquires conducted at the time resulted in a sighting of a man, who was never traced but later eliminated from the investigation.'
  6. 'Police are trying to trace anyone the teenager may have spoken to on line and say he may have used the name DJ or possibly Dee Jay.'
  7. 'They are also extremely anxious to trace a Bedford van, believed to have been stolen from the Heeley area of Sheffield only hours before the murder was committed.'
  8. 'Police traced the stolen VW Polo and discovered it had been stolen from a house in Park Road, Prestwich.'
  9. 'Detectives in Salford are trying to trace the two men in a white van who tried to abduct the boy from the street in Little Hulton on Thursday evening.'
  10. 'Now Lloyd and Debbie Peters, who moved to Australia from Hockley, are calling for help in tracing the white Havenese dog who ran off while being groomed.'
  11. 'Bob's book traces his flying career with the RAF'
  12. 'On the contrary much of what is taken to be so distinctive about the Victorians can be traced back to eighteenth-century developments that have featured in this volume.'
  13. 'The origins of the pudding can be traced to the commercial developments of the city between 1685 and 1825.'
  14. 'Although these developments are unexpected, their origins can be traced to China's 1996 military exercises.'
  15. 'The history of these games can be traced to the early development of gaming on PCs, consoles, and various other platforms.'
  16. 'The difference this time around can be traced to four new developments.'
  17. 'Like most of the terms that refer to major conceptual anchors of the western intellectual tradition, its origins may be traced to classical antiquity.'
  18. 'It is still an ethos that is found in contemporary pubs, particularly in rural and remote regions, yet its cultural origins can be traced back to colonial mores.'
  19. 'Again, its origins can be traced to Fagen's school days.'
  20. 'Its origins can be traced back to as 1085 when King Alfonso VI of Castle reigned here.'
  21. 'Twenty-one Presidents can be traced back to seventeenth-century origins among New England colonists.'
  22. 'Slowly realization dawned onto him and he suddenly wrapped his own arms around her waist, a single finger tracing her spine upwards and then back downward again.'
  23. 'By the time it registered in my mind I was tracing the ugly teal tiles with my fingernail.'
  24. 'There are people who can ‘read’ what a CD's print letters say by tracing it with their fingers.'
  25. 'Dragging her left hand up his chest flirtatiously, Jessie stopped at his lips, softly tracing them with her fingers.'
  26. 'Panama is absent-mindedly traced by someone's finger.'
  27. 'She paused, staring at the back, one finger gently tracing the black rune that appeared to have been burned into it.'
  28. 'Yohanna's fingers traced a silver crescent mark on the babe's forehead and in that brief moment Yohanna recognized her.'
  29. 'My hand went automatically to my own neck, my soft fingers tracing the violet spirals adorning my pale back.'
  30. 'I felt what I imagined to be someone's fingers tracing the outline of my face.'
  31. 'His fingers trace the headlines and the picture captions; then he gives up and his lips cease to move.'
  32. 'a tear traced a lonely path down her cheek'
  33. 'I watched in horror as he shivered, streams of tears tracing paths through the dust on his cheeks.'
  34. 'A narrow stance, where the rear, downhill skate nearly traces the same path as the lead skate, makes it easier to steer them across and if necessary, up the hill to cut short your run.'
  35. 'A lone tear traced its path down Serena's face as she set off into the forest, holding Gideon's hand tightly.'
  36. 'Deirdre murmured, a tear tracing a path down her cheek, from sympathy, or from the bruises Alana was probably inflicting, he had no idea.'
  37. 'Last year Toti and the chef traced the route Giffords planned to take and visited local farmers' markets to talk directly to farmers in order to ensure the circus kitchen was fully stocked.'
  38. 'More tears fell from her eyes and traced the preceding paths of tears.'
  39. 'A lonely tear traced a path much traveled down her cheek, but she wiped it away.'
  40. 'Debussy's quartet moves like a snake through the forest, tracing an unpredictable, yet in hindsight inevitable, path.'
  41. 'It is a scramble, but it's not difficult and, if the crest is too airy for you, it's easy enough to trace a less exposed route on the east side of the ridge.'
  42. 'She turned her head away, the tears beginning to trace paths through the thin layer of sand coating her cheeks.'
Copy (a drawing, map, or design) by drawing over its lines on a superimposed piece of transparent paper.
  1. 'I had prepared a template for two portraits, which they traced onto their paper.'
  2. 'They first drew their portrait on paper before tracing the sketch on to the fabric.'
  3. 'This silhouette or ‘side view’ became a pattern from which a second, identical piece could be traced and cut out.'
  4. 'Neither the original nor the projected copy have been traced.'
  5. 'Last, the sketch was held firmly against the watercolor paper, while the outline of the shoe design was gently traced over with pencil.'
  6. 'With a pencil, draw or trace your preferred image onto the paper.'
  7. 'Using graphite paper, they traced their portrait onto the map pieces.'
  8. 'We made a mosaic of the photographs covering each survey zone, and then we traced a new base map off the composite image.'
  9. 'So I used the box to trace out a heart-shaped piece of paper and wrote a Valentine's note to my teacher.'
  10. 'Try tracing each plaited mat design, making sure you don't change direction at any intersection.'
  11. 'she traced a pattern in the dirt with the toe of her shoe'
  12. 'He realised for the first time that his left arm had wrapped around her other side to hold her in an embrace, and that his fingers were tracing small circles over her stomach.'
  13. 'His hand gripped the hilt of his sword, the blade drawn but down so the point traced a line in the snow.'
  14. 'His finger traced a light circle around the wound.'
  15. 'I knew where his hands were on my back, I could feel the patterns he was tracing with his fingers, where my hands were behind his neck, the fireworks exploding in my head.'
  16. 'Sighing, Jeff looked downward, his fingers tracing out a pattern on the counter.'
  17. 'He reached up with one dirty finger, tracing a tiny smile in the fog he had made.'
  18. 'the article traces out some of the connections between education, qualifications, and the labour market'


A mark, object, or other indication of the existence or passing of something.
  1. mass noun 'the aircraft disappeared without trace'
  2. 'The pistol was cleaned with liberal applications of Crud Cutter until there were no traces of old lube remaining.'
  3. 'This step stimulates the circulation, reduces oiliness, helps to refine the pores and skin texture, and removes the last traces of grease, dead cells and grime, and firms the skin.'
  4. 'Gold's faster-paced songs had a vacant way of flowing through you and leaving no residual traces of their passing.'
  5. 'Next my face was cleansed to remove impurities and all traces of make-up.'
  6. 'This is further refined by carbon filtration to remove any traces of molasses before crystallization.'
  7. 'It has written to all the parties to warn them to remove all traces of the posters within the allotted timeframe and said some local authorities are offering a recycling service to encourage the process.'
  8. 'While the vast majority of films disappeared without a trace, a few ones survived the passage of time and retained their appeal.'
  9. 'Remove remaining traces of wax with a cloth moistened with mineral spirits (paint thinner) or cream furniture wax.'
  10. 'Today, they had disappeared without a trace, not even in evidence on a remainder table.'
  11. 'Following the inspector's decision, Mr Crawford has six months to remove all traces of the extension.'
  12. 'Only recently have correlators become available that can also record the intensity traces.'
  13. 'Computer analysis of the trace is used to retrieve the spectral phase of the input pulse (a).'
  14. 'Objective responses are recorded on a polygraph trace.'
  15. 'The traces were recorded at different voltages.'
  16. 'During recognition, the probe accesses the traces of all studied items in parallel.'
  17. 'Fig.2 A shows typical current traces recorded for synaptophysin channels.'
  18. 'When the Bug detects Mr. Grout, we expect to see spikes in the neural traces displayed on the lower half of the monitor.'
  19. 'It is a trace of the electrical activity of the human brain.'
  20. 'According to models of episodic memory, contextual similarity is a driving force in influencing the probability of the retrieval of an episodic trace.'
  21. 'The dim light makes the figures in the background literally hard to see, as if they were fleeting traces of memory, just beyond the viewer's grasp.'
  22. 'Reconstruction of the mental trace in a complex process, after the fact, is a major challenge as few realize.'
  23. 'This allows us to assess whether response information is included in the episodic trace, as has been suggested by Neill.'
  24. 'Commitment to memory or a given past is weak if its physical trace is planned to be removable and possibly replaced.'
  25. 'Maintaining a large number of memory traces over long time periods has biological costs, which might be greater than the costs of allowing some traces to deteriorate.'
  26. 'In addition to encoding stimulus intensity information into the episodic trace, it is likely that response information is encoded.'
  27. 'It's now possible to map music's traces in the brain, study its impact on the immune system, and listen to the songs of black holes and living cells.'
A very small quantity, especially one too small to be accurately measured.
  1. as modifier 'trace quantities of PCBs'
  2. 'It'll go away in time, about the same time as you stop leaving traces of explosives residue about the place.'
  3. 'In the early days of DNA testing, samples had to be over a certain size for scientists to work with them, but now the smallest trace of body fluid or even skin flakes can provide a profile.'
  4. 'When it comes to beating a drug test, there are basically three approaches: supply a fake sample, mask drug traces or hold them all in.'
  5. 'As science becomes better at measuring small amounts of trace chemicals that are potential carcinogens, the zero risk approach is increasingly restrictive.'
  6. 'Cadmium is found in all soils in at least trace quantities.'
  7. 'But finally the state enforced better emissions standards, and the talc disappeared, except for traces here and there.'
  8. 'Both the very high residual sugar and the trace materials secreted by the botrytis into the juice inhibit fermentation.'
  9. 'In response to revisionist charges, they tested the gas chamber walls for residual traces of cyanide gas but found none.'
  10. 'The hope is that someday people could wear a badge that would turn a color or make a noise when an specific nerve agent is present in trace quantities.'
  11. 'The dogs are trained to find blood-stained weapons, clothing and property, miniscule traces of blood and body fluid.'
  12. 'So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin on his face.'
  13. 'There is a faint trace of a smile, but he does not flinch: whatever the honorary boyo's faults, he is unlikely to be bought with a knighthood.'
  14. 'I could hear the traces of a wistful smile in his voice.'
  15. 'Any trace of a smile that I had on my face at that time fell.'
  16. 'She rolled her eyes, but a trace of a smile graced her lips.'
  17. 'Josh's breathing grew shallow and a single tear dropped from his eye, but I could see the traces of the smile I loved so much beginning on his face.'
  18. 'Zach shrugged, the faintest traces of a smile appearing on his lips.'
  19. 'The trace of a smile flickered across head coach Wu Jingui's face.'
  20. 'Gregory smiled, the traces of sadness slowly vanishing.'
  21. '‘You're always damned by the exception,’ Hill says with the slightest trace of a smile.'
A procedure to investigate the source of something, such as the place from which a telephone call was made.
  1. 'Witnesses took the number of the car and police conducted a trace on the vehicle.'
A line which represents the projection of a curve or surface on a plane or the intersection of a curve or surface with a plane.
  1. 'The sheets are bilobed about a median furrow, visible in both vertical and horizontal sections, and form straight to gently curved, cross-cutting traces.'
A path or track.
  1. 'Here, however, it came to be another old and enduring track through otherwise treacherous and disorienting terrain, a variation of path and trace.'
The sum of the elements in the principal diagonal of a square matrix.
  1. 'The sum of the eigenvalues is the trace of this matrix and it is sometimes called ‘total variance.’'


Each of the two side straps, chains, or ropes by which a horse is attached to a vehicle that it is pulling.
  1. 'Ales broke off in mid-explanation to dive into the crowd, reappearing clasping a handkerchief waving teenage girl, and yoking her into the cart's rope traces.'

More definitions

1. a surviving mark, sign, or evidence of the former existence, influence, or action of some agent or event; vestige: traces of an advanced civilization among the ruins.

2. a barely discernible indication or evidence of some quantity, quality, characteristic, expression, etc.: a trace of anger in his tone.

3. an extremely small amount of some chemical component: a trace of copper in its composition.

4. traces, the series of footprints left by an animal.

5. the track left by th

More examples(as adjective)

"elements can be trace."

"parameters can be trace."

"liquidities can be trace."

"firsts can be trace."

"criteria can be trace."

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(trace)Middle English (denoting a pair of traces): from Old French trais, plural of trait (see trait).


kick over the traces