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Trace appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • No trace; not one carton.
  • Start some cart-stack cat tale to help pussycats: Stacy’s supple hotel attack cats trace most rats.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun trace:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb trace:


The word trace is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

The word trace and its family (traceable, traced, traces, tracing) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun trace

What does trace mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: traces

  1. a just detectable amount
  2. an indication that something has been present
    • example: there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of trace: shadow / tincture / vestige
    • more generic words: indicant / indication = something that serves to indicate or suggest
    • more specific word: footprint = a trace suggesting that something was once present or felt or otherwise important
  3. a suggestion of some quality
  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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of trace: tracing
    • more generic word: drawing = a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
  5. either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: line = something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
    • part of: harness = stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart
  6. a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: mark / print = a visible indication made on a surface

Alternative definition of the noun trace


  1. An act of tracing.
  2. A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal.
  3. A very small amount.
  4. [electronics] An electric current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board.
  5. An informal road or prominent path in an arid area.
  6. [mathematics] The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix.

Specialised definition of the noun trace

Glossary of sports / figure skating

the line formed by the skater's blade on the ice

Definition of the verb trace

What does trace mean as a doing word?

Trace is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: traced | tracing | traces

  1. follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
    • examples: trace the student's progress | trace one's ancestry
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of trace: follow
    • more generic words: analyse / analyze / canvass / examine / study = consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  2. make a mark or lines on a surface
    • example: trace the outline of a figure in the sand
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Smith was inscribing | Smith was scribbling
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Theme]The jeweler printed the name | The secretary transcribed the speech
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]The jeweler printed the name on the ring | The secretary transcribed the speech into the record

      Image Creation Verbs (with the same syntax): carve, chalk, charcoal, copy, crayon, doodle, draw, forge, ink, misspell, paint, pencil, plot, print, scratch, scrawl, scribble, sketch, spell, stencil, type, write.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of trace: delineate / describe / draw / line
    • more generic word: mark = make or leave a mark on
    • more specific words:
      • construct = draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions
      • inscribe = draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
      • circumscribe = draw a line around
      • circumscribe = to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
      • write = mark or trace on a surface
  3. to go back over again
    • example: trace your path
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of trace: retrace
    • more generic word: return = go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
  4. pursue or chase relentlessly
  5. discover traces of
    • example: She traced the circumstances of her birth
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: detect / discover / find / notice / observe = discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
  6. make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along
    • examples: The children traced along the edge of the dark forest | The women traced the pasture
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: continue / go forward / proceed = move ahead
  7. copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of
    • examples: trace a design | trace a pattern
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: copy / re-create = make a replica of
  8. read with difficulty
    • example: The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of trace: decipher
    • more generic word: read = interpret something that is written or printed

Alternative definition of the verb trace


  1. To follow the trail of.
  2. To follow the history of.
  3. To draw or sketch.
  4. To copy onto a sheet of transparent paper.


  1. Trace a.k.a. Sled este un serial thriller rusesc din 2007.
    • read more about Sled
  2. "Trace" a.k.a. "Chiri" is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Naomi Kawase.


  1. "Trace" is a crime fiction novel by Patricia Cornwell.
    • also known as "Trace (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries)", Signe suspect
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Crime Fiction
    • subject: Virginia
    • released in (11 years ago)
  2. "Trace" is a book written by Warren Murphy.
    • also known as Trace 1
    • language: English Language
    • released on (32 years ago)
    • some of the awards:
        • Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original nomination for Warren Murphy
        • Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, received by Warren Murphy


"Trace" is a video game.

  • genres: Platform game, Puzzle game
  • released on (6 years ago)


  1. "Trace" is the first album by Son Volt, released in 1995. The band was formed the previous year by Jay Farrar after the breakup of the influential alt-country band Uncle Tupelo. The album reached #166 on the Billboard 200 album chart and received extremely favorable reviews. According to Allmusic, "Throughout Son Volt's debut, Trace, the group reworks classic honky tonk and rock & roll, adding a desperate, determined edge to their performances. Even when they rock out, there is a palpable sense of melancholy to Farrar's voice, which lends a poignancy to the music." The album was in the top 10 of Rolling Stone's 1995 critics' list.
  2. "Trace" is a musical album of Gridlock.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  3. "Trace" is a musical album of Died Pretty.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  4. "Trace" is a musical album of Hakobune.
    • released on
  5. "trace" is a musical album of Natural Punch Drunker.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  6. "Trace" is a musical single of Midland.
    • released on
  7. "Trace" is a musical album of Roof.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  8. "Trace" is a musical album of Trace.
    • released in (41 years ago)
  9. "Trace" is a musical EP of Demarnia Lloyd.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  10. "Trace" is a musical album of Anthem Facility.
  11. "TRACE" is a musical album of Spangle call Lilli line.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  12. "Trace" is a musical composition.
    • also known as 흔적, Traces
    • award: - Mnet Asian Music Award for Song of the Year nomination for Lim Jeong-hee


  1. Trace a.k.a. Tracy Grimshaw: Tracy Jane Grimshaw is an Australian journalist and television presenter.
  2. Trace a.k.a. DJ Trace is the recording name of Duncan Hutchison, a British electronic music artist, disc jockey and founder of DSCI4 Records. Hutchison's remix of T Power & MK Ultra's Mutant Jazz, entitled simply The Mutant Remix and released on the Rollers Instinct record label in 1995 is said to be one of the first examples of the techstep genre of jungle/drum & bass music. This was one of the first drum & bass recordings to sample the bassline from Kevin Saunderson's Just Want Another Chance and the sample itself was from then on referred to within the genre as the 'Reese Bassline'. Having recorded since 1991, and released tracks on various drum & bass record labels, Hutchison set up his own label, DSCI4 Records, in 1999.
  3. Trace a.k.a. Tracy Rannazzisi is the wife of Stephen Rannazzisi.
  4. Trace a.k.a. Traycee King is a television producer, director and editor, a screenwriter and an actress.
  5. Trace a.k.a. Shane Trace is a film director.

There are other people with in their name, like Ben Trace, Trace Webb, Trace Wood, Trace Adams, Trace Bates, Trace Clark, Trace Cyrus, Trace Barnes, Trace Cooper and many others.


Trace was a Dutch progressive rock trio founded by Rick van der Linden in 1974 after leaving Ekseption. They released three albums before merging back into Ekseption.


Trace is a record label.


  1. Trace: In linear algebra, the trace of an n-by-n square matrix A is defined to be the sum of the elements on the main diagonal of A, i.e.
    • also known as 跡
  2. TRACE was a NASA space telescope designed to investigate the connections between fine-scale magnetic fields and the associated plasma structures on the Sun by providing high resolution images and observation of the solar photosphere and transition region to the corona. A main focus of the TRACE instrument is the fine structure of coronal loops low in the solar atmosphere. TRACE is a SMEX or SMall EXplorer mission, launched in 1998 and obtaining its last science image in 2010.
    • also known as Transition Region and Coronal Explorer
    • official website:
  3. TRACE is a connectionist model of speech perception, proposed by James McClelland and Jeffrey Elman in 1986. TRACE was made into a working computer program for running perceptual simulations. These simulations are predictions about how a human mind/brain processes speech sounds and words as they are heard in real time.
  4. Trace is a quarterly, internationally distributed magazine with the tagline, "transcultural styles + ideas". It focuses on urban culture and has featured on its cover some of the most significant black artists and models of the last decade, including Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Biggie Smalls, Diddy, Iman, and Naomi Campbell - many of them before they were household names. It was founded in 1996 by Claude Grunitzky, who is still the chairman and editor in chief.
  5. The Trace is a South Korean webcomic series written and illustrated by manhwa artist Go Yeong-hun or known as his pen name, "Nasty Cat". Envy, jealousy, and selfishness, such dark sides of humans can be seen in the work. The artist said that he wants to create the world of heroes with Korean identity.
  6. Trace is one of the most important concepts in Derridian deconstruction. In the 1960s, Derrida used this word in two of his early books, namely Writing and Difference and Of Grammatology. In French, the word "trace" has a range of meanings similar to those of its English equivalent, but also suggests meanings related to the English words "track", "path", or "mark". In the preface to her translation of Of Grammatology, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak wrote “I stick to ‘trace’ in my translation, because it 'looks the same' as Derrida’s word; the reader must remind himself of at least the track, even the spoor, contained within the French word”. Because the meaning of a sign is generated from the difference it has from other signs, especially the other half of its binary pairs, the sign itself contains a trace of what it does not mean. One cannot bring up the concepts of woman, normality, or speech without simultaneously evoking the concepts of man, abnormality, or writing. The trace is the nonmeaning that is inevitably brought to mind along with the meaning. Derrida does not positively or strictly define trace, and denies the possibility of such a project.
  7. Trace: In transport, a trace is one of two, or more, straps, ropes or chains by which a carriage or wagon, or the like, is drawn by a harness horse or other draught animal. The once popular idiom: "kick over the traces" comes from a frisky animal kicking one or both feet outside a trace. Unable to understand the entanglement, the animal may become wildly confused and out of control, possibly even breaking away. Hence, to "kick over the traces", when referencing a person, means to become wild and uncontrollable.
  8. Trace is a school, educational institution.
  9. Trace: In transformational grammar, a trace is an empty category that occupies a position in the syntactic structure. In some theories of syntax, traces are used in the account of constructions such as wh-movement and passive. Traces are important theoretical devices in some approaches to syntax.
  10. The trace in semiotics is a concept developed by Jacques Derrida in Writing and Difference to denote the history that a sign carries with it as the result of its use through time. Words like "black", for example, carry the trace of all their previous uses with them, making them sensitive, loaded words when used in any context. The trace then reveals the possibility for alternative interpretation of concepts, regardless of how carefully articulated they may be, whenever they are expressed in language.
  11. TRACE is a high-precision orbit determination and orbit propagation program. It was developed by The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. An early version is known to have run on the IBM 7090 computer in 1964. The Fortran source code can be compiled for any platform with a Fortran compiler.
    • developer: The Aerospace Corporation
    • released in (51 years ago)

Phrases with Trace

Phrases starting with the word Trace:

  1. Trace fossil
  2. trace element
  3. trace program
  4. trace detector

Phrases ending with the word Trace:

  1. Leaf Trace
  2. Fault trace
  3. Stack trace
  4. memory trace

Other phrase containing the word Trace:

  1. explosive trace detection

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Trace

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Google previewThe Astrophysical Journal (1898)

The traces are as follows : for 0 o°, the trace is the point A; 0 = 0° 30';, ...

Google previewNew theorems, tables, and diagrams (1861)

for the computation of earth-work. Designed for the use of engineers in preliminary and final estimates, of students in engineering, and of contractors and other non-professional computers. In two parts, with an appendix ... by John Warner, John Warner (Mining engineer.)

trace is the line which the surface of the ground would mark upon the plane of the roadbed if both were continued so as to meet. In the case of warped surfaces, the ground.trace is a curved line called an hyperbola. "When the ...

Google previewElectronics for Artists (2001)

by Bill Urmenyi

per large division, the green trace is the output (pin 3) of IC1A and the red trace is the input (pin 2) of IC1A. The oscillator can only function if the input ( pin 1) of ...

Google previewMethods of Animal Experimentation (2012)

Environment and The Special Senses by William Gay

The lower trace shows the beginning of the oscillator signal, while the transient in the upper trace is an indication of stimulus arrival at the tongue. The oscillator...

The middle trace is the oscillator stimulus presentation signal on and off times.

Google previewEthics of Writing (2010)

by Carlo Sini

The trace is a “pure” imprint: “the pure movement which produces difference.” The (pure) trace is the difference. “This difference is not more sensible than intelligible.” It “permits the articulation of signs among themselves”52 (in the phonic or ...

Google previewProgress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (2013)

by J. W. Emsley, J Feeney, L H Sutcliffe

The lower trace is the result of Fourier transforming the FID using a 16 bit computer. The upper trace is the result from a 32 bit transform in the same 16 bit computer, with the consequent decrease to half the digital resolution. TABLE 6.

Google previewAdvanced Experimental Methods for Noise Research in Nanoscale Electronic Devices (2004)

by Josef Sikula, Michael Levinshtein

The upper trace is the noise output of a FET (2SK.117) when it is bare, while the lower trace is that when it is thermally insulated with an enclosure of a few millimeter thick foam polystyrene. This thermal insulation is effective below 0.5 Hz , and ...

Google previewSleep Disorders (2012)

by Pasquale Montagna, Sudhansu Chokroverty

The fourth trace is an electro-oculogram (EOG ) from the lateral rectus extraocular muscles. The fifth trace is the inkwriter MP ...

Google previewMaking North America (2014)

Trade, Security, and Integration by James A. Thompson

A process trace is an explicit account of how one part of the theory's explanation is connected to the next part of the...

Google previewFiber Optics Installer (FOI) Certification Exam Guide (2014)

by Bill Woodward

The top trace is the end of an optical fiber with a Fresnel reflection. The bottom trace is the end of an optical fiber without a Fresnel reflection. To measure the distance to the end of the optical fiber after zooming in on the back reflection, place ...

Google previewThe Student's Medical Dictionary (1904)

Including All the Words and Phrases Generally Used in Medicine, with Their Proper Pronunciation and Definitions; Based on Recent Medical Literature by George Milbry Gould

Silicic acid, 3-329 Organic matter trace Temperature from IOI to 1400 F. LOUISVILLE, OR IWPONT'S ARTESIAN WELL, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. One U. S. gallon ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Memory [3 volumes] (2013)

by Annette Kujawski Taylor Ph.D.

Trace conditioning is considered a type of forward conditioning because the conditioned stimulus (CS) occurs before the unconditioned...

Trace condition- ing can be compared to another type of forward conditioning called delay conditioning.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Solid Earth Sciences (2009)

by Philip Kearey

trace fossil Lake shore Aeolian Rivers dune Semi-consolidated substrate Continental trace fossils Scoyenia Glossifungites...

Google previewDictionary of Geological Terms (1984)

by Robert Latimer Bates, Julia A. Jackson

trace 531 trachytic transmission electron 534 transverse joint tremolite 5 36 Triassic tributary. trace l. A concentration or amount that is too small for accurate quantitative determination. 2. A mark left behind by an extinct animal; see trace fossil.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Postmodernism (2003)

by Victor E. Taylor, Charles E. Winquist

nil trace tions of the latter and the presuppositions of the theory of representation entailed by it. The concept is meant to play the part of an agent provocateur to bring about a crisis in the logics of presence which prevails in logocentrism.

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Small photo of Animal tracks form a curving trace across the stow.Small photo of trace of wheels on the sandSmall photo of Gentle sunset sky with traces of planes. The cruciform trace from the airplane looks like a flying bird.Small photo of Double Arch Bridge at Natchez Trace Parkway near Franklin, TN, fall scenerySmall photo of a heart trace in the sand seashoreSmall photo of trace of wheels on the sandSmall photo of Canidae left a trace. Winter hunting. Traces of the predator in the snow. More...

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Quotes about Trace

Take a look at me now and,
You will see me crying for your love;
Because, you left me alone in the cold without a trace.
Oh, how can i be with you my love?
For you are gone in the thin air without a trace. (Edward Kofi Louis)
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Scrabble value of T1R1A1C3E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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