Meaning and Origin
What does the name Trace mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
User Submitted Meanings
- A submission from Virginia, U.S. says the name Trace means "Brace" and is of American origin.
- According to a user from Nebraska, U.S., the name Trace is of English origin and means "Brave".
- 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.
- [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.
Etymology: F. trais. pl. of trait. See Trait
- 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 .
- [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.
- A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token; vestige."The shady empire shall retain no trace Of war or blood, but in the sylvan chase." [Pope.]
- [Descriptive Geom. & Persp] The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
- [Fort] The ground plan of a work or works.
Etymology: F. trace. See Trace (v. t.)
- 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 drawing."Some faintly traced features or outline of the mother and the child, slowly lading into the twilight of the woods." [Hawthorne.]
- To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks, or tokens."You may trace the deluge quite round the globe." [T. Burnet.]"I feel thy power . . . to trace the ways Of highest agents." [Milton.]
- Hence, to follow the trace or track of."How all the way the prince on footpace traced." [Spenser.]
- To copy; to imitate."That servile path thou nobly dost decline, Of tracing word, and line by line." [Denham.]
- To walk over; to pass through; to traverse."We do tracethis alley up and down." [Shak.]
Etymology: 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.
- Either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
- A drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image
- An indication that something has been present ("there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim")
- A visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
- A suggestion of some quality
- A just detectable amount ("he speaks French with a trace of an accent")
- Read with difficulty ("The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs")
- Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something ("trace the student's progress" and "trace one's ancestry")
- Make a mark or lines on a surface ("trace the outline of a figure in the sand")
- Copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of ("trace a design" and "trace a pattern")
- 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" and "The women traced the pasture")
- Pursue or chase relentlessly ("The hunters traced the deer into the woods")
- To go back over again ("we retraced the route we took last summer" and "trace your path")
- Discover traces of ("She traced the circumstances of her birth")
- (colloquial) A short form of the female given name Tracy or Tracey.