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 for Trace
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trace \Trace\, n. [F. trais. pl. of trait. See Trait.]
     1. One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness,
        extending from the collar or breastplate to a whiffletree
        attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
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     2. (Mech.) A connecting bar or rod, pivoted at each end to
        the end of another piece, for transmitting motion, esp.
        from one plane to another; specif., such a piece in an
        organ-stop action to transmit motion from the trundle to
        the lever actuating the stop slider.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trace \Trace\, n. [F. trace. See Trace, v. t. ]
     1. A mark left by anything passing; a track; a path; a
        course; a footprint; a vestige; as, the trace of a
        carriage or sled; the trace of a deer; a sinuous trace.
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     2. (Chem. & Min.) A very small quantity of an element or
        compound in a given substance, especially when so small
        that the amount is not quantitatively determined in an
        analysis; -- hence, in stating an analysis, often
        contracted to tr.
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     3. A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left
        when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token;
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              The shady empire shall retain no trace
              Of war or blood, but in the sylvan chase. --Pope.
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     4. (Descriptive Geom. & Persp.) The intersection of a plane
        of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate
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     5. (Fort.) The ground plan of a work or works.
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     Syn.-Vestige; mark; token. See Vestige.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trace \Trace\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. traced; p. pr. & vb. n.
     tracing.] [OF. tracier, F. tracer, from (assumed) LL.
     tractiare, fr.L. tractus, p. p. of trahere to draw. Cf.
     Abstract, Attract, Contract, Portratt, Tract,
     Trail, Train, Treat. ]
     1. To mark out; to draw or delineate with marks; especially,
        to copy, as a drawing or engraving, by following the lines
        and marking them on a sheet superimposed, through which
        they appear; as, to trace a figure or an outline; a traced
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              Some faintly traced features or outline of the
              mother and the child, slowly lading into the
              twilight of the woods.                --Hawthorne.
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     2. To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or
        thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks,
        or tokens. --Cowper.
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              You may trace the deluge quite round the globe. --T.
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              I feel thy power . . . to trace the ways
              Of highest agents.                    --Milton.
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     3. Hence, to follow the trace or track of.
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              How all the way the prince on footpace traced.
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     4. To copy; to imitate.
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              That servile path thou nobly dost decline,
              Of tracing word, and line by line.    --Denham.
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     5. To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
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              We do tracethis alley up and down.    --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trace \Trace\, v. i.
     To walk; to go; to travel. [Obs.]
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           Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace. --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of
           an accent" [syn: trace, hint, suggestion]
      2: an indication that something has been present; "there wasn't
         a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of
         condescension" [syn: trace, vestige, tincture,
      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"
         [syn: touch, trace, ghost]
      4: a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of
         paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of
         the original image [syn: tracing, trace]
      5: either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon
         or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
      6: a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person
         or animal or vehicle
      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" [syn: trace,
      2: make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the
         outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: trace, draw,
         line, describe, delineate]
      3: to go back over again; "we retraced the route we took last
         summer"; "trace your path" [syn: trace, retrace]
      4: pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer
         into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until
         they found him" [syn: hound, hunt, trace]
      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 dark 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,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  400 Moby Thesaurus words for "trace":
     CRT spot, DM display, Doppler signal, IF signal, IM display,
     Photostat, RF echoes, Xerox, account, afterglow, afterimage,
     annals, aroma, ascertain, balance, beam, beat signal, bit, blaze,
     blaze a trail, blemish, blips, block in, block out, blotch,
     bounces, brand, breath, brief, butt, butt end, candle ends,
     cartoon, cast, catalog, catch a likeness, catchword, chaff, chalk,
     chalk out, chalk up, character, characterize, charcoal, chart,
     check, check off, chronicle, cicatrize, clone, clue, color,
     companion, condensation trail, contrail, copy, copy out,
     correspondence, course, crayon, crosshatch, cue, cue word, dapple,
     dash, dash off, daub, dead ringer, debris, define, definite odor,
     delimit, delineate, demarcate, depict, design, detect,
     detectable odor, determine, detritus, diagram, discolor, discover,
     display, ditto, documentation, dog, doodle, dot, double,
     double-dot display, draft, draw, draw up, drop, dupe, duplicate,
     echo, echo signal, edit, effigy, effluvium, emanation, end, enface,
     engrave, engross, essence, evidence, exact likeness, exhalation,
     facsimile, fag end, fellow, filings, find, find out, flavor, fleck,
     follow, follow a clue, follow up, footprints, fossil, fragrance,
     freckle, fume, gash, get, gleam, hatch, hectograph, hint, history,
     hit, hit off, holdover, hot lead, hunt down, hunt up, husks, icon,
     idea, idol, image, impress, imprint, indication, infusion, inkling,
     inscribe, intimation, invent, inventory, investigate, iota, jot,
     key, key word, lead, leavings, leftovers, letters, lick, likeness,
     limn, line, list, living image, living picture,
     local oscillator signal, locate, look, make a mark,
     make a recension, make out, manifold, map, mark, mark off,
     mark out, match, mate, memento, memorial, microcopy, microfilm,
     mimeo, mimeograph, miniature, mirroring, model, mottle, multigraph,
     nick, nose, nose out, notate, notch, odds and ends, odor,
     offscourings, orts, outline, output signal, paint, paint a picture,
     parings, path, pen, pencil, pepper, photograph, picture, picturize,
     pipe roll, pips, piste, point, portrait, portray, prick, print,
     prints, proof, punch, punctuate, puncture, pursue, push the pen,
     put in writing, quadruplicate, radar signal, rags, reading,
     recense, record, recording, rediscover, redolence, reduplicate,
     reflection, refuse, register, registry, relic, relics, remainder,
     remains, remnant, render, replicate, represent, reproduce,
     resemblance, residue, residuum, rest, return, return signal,
     revise, rewrite, riddle, roach, roll, rolls, roster, rota,
     rough in, rough out, rub, rubbing, rubbish, ruins, rump, run down,
     run to earth, sauce, savor, sawdust, scar, scarify, scent,
     schematize, scintilla, score, scotch, scourings, scraps, scratch,
     scrive, scroll, scumble, seal, seam, search for, seasoning, seek,
     semblance, shade, shadow, shavings, sign, signal, signal display,
     signs, similitude, simulacrum, sip, sketch, smack, smattering,
     smell, smell out, sniff out, soupcon, spark, speck, speckle, spice,
     spill ink, spit and image, spitting image, splotch, spoil paper,
     spoor, spot, sprinkling, stain, stalk, stamp, stat, stench,
     stencil, stigmatize, strain, straw, streak, striate, strike,
     stripe, stubble, stump, subtle odor, suggestion, sup, superscribe,
     survival, suspicion, sweepings, symbolize, table, tail, taint,
     take a rubbing, target image, taste, tattoo, telltale, tempering,
     thought, tick, tick off, tinct, tincture, tinge, tint, tip-off,
     token, touch, trace down, trace out, trace over, traces, tracing,
     track, track down, tracks, trail, transcribe, transmitter signal,
     tread, trifle, triplicate, twin, type, underline, underscore,
     unearth, vapor trail, very image, very picture, vestige,
     video signal, wake, waste, whiff, write, write down, write out

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