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  • n  a just detectable amount
    he speaks French with a trace of an accent
  • n  an indication that something has been present
    there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim
  • n  a suggestion of some quality
  • n  a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image
  • n  either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
  • n  a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
  • v  follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
    trace the student's progress
  • v  make a mark or lines on a surface
    trace the outline of a figure in the sand
  • v  to go back over again
    we retraced the route we took last summer
    trace your path
  • v  pursue or chase relentlessly
    The hunters traced the deer into the woods
  • v  discover traces of
    She traced the circumstances of her birth
  • v  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
  • v  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
  • v  read with difficulty
    The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs

  • Venter's feat brought science one step closer to the era of personalized medicine and to being able to trace the roots of our genetic variations.
  • You can trace your family roots, get a daily shot of football or redecorate your apartment.
  • The gallery's 47 masterworks, culled from the museum's renowned Asian collections, trace the Buddha's portrayal from the 2nd to 19th centuries, in places as diverse as India, Java .
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  • Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pakistan Observer
    Similarly, Secretary Hillary Clinton is also being uptight of what she said after the failed incident of Times Square that, "if, heaven forbid, an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very...
  • Fazal Mahmood in FOXNews
    We are using all resources to trace and recover the hijacked trucks, some of which were carrying vehicles for the allied forces in Afghanistan,Mahmood said.
  • Rosa DeLauro in Houston Chronicle
    The FDA should be insisting on a zero-tolerance policy for melamine in domestic infant formula until it is able to determine conclusively based on sound independent science that the trace levels would not pose a health risk to infants,DeLauro...

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