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  7  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Trace  \Trace\,  n.  (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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Primitive  \Prim"i*tive\,  a.  [L.  primitivus  fr  primus  the 
  first:  cf  F.  primitif.  See  {Prime},  a.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  beginning  or  origin,  or  to  early 
  times;  original;  primordial;  primeval;  first  as 
  primitive  innocence;  the  primitive  church.  ``Our  primitive 
  great  sire.''  --Milton. 
  2.  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  former  time;  old-fashioned; 
  characterized  by  simplicity;  as  a  primitive  style  of 
  3.  Original;  primary;  radical;  not  derived;  as  primitive 
  verb  in  grammar. 
  {Primitive  axes  of  co["o]rdinate}  (Geom.),  that  system  of 
  axes  to  which  the  points  of  a  magnitude  are  first 
  referred,  with  reference  to  a  second  set  or  system,  to 
  which  they  are  afterward  referred. 
  {Primitive  chord}  (Mus.),  that  chord,  the  lowest  note  of 
  which  is  of  the  same  literal  denomination  as  the 
  fundamental  base  of  the  harmony;  --  opposed  to  derivative. 
  --Moore  (Encyc.  of  Music). 
  {Primitive  circle}  (Spherical  Projection),  the  circle  cut 
  from  the  sphere  to  be  projected,  by  the  primitive  plane. 
  {Primitive  colors}  (Paint.),  primary  colors.  See  under 
  {Primitive  Fathers}  (Eccl.),  the  acknowledged  Christian 
  writers  who  flourished  before  the  Council  of  Nice,  A.  D. 
  325.  --Shipley. 
  {Primitive  groove}  (Anat.),  a  depression  or  groove  in  the 
  epiblast  of  the  primitive  streak.  It  is  not  connected  with 
  the  medullary  groove,  which  appears  later  and  in  front  of 
  {Primitive  plane}  (Spherical  Projection),  the  plane  upon 
  which  the  projections  are  made  generally  coinciding  with 
  some  principal  circle  of  the  sphere,  as  the  equator  or  a 
  {Primitive  rocks}  (Geol.),  primary  rocks.  See  under 
  {Primitive  sheath}.  (Anat.)  See  {Neurilemma}. 
  {Primitive  streak}  or  {trace}  (Anat.),  an  opaque  and 
  thickened  band  where  the  mesoblast  first  appears  in  the 
  vertebrate  blastoderm. 
  Syn:  First  original;  radical;  pristine;  ancient;  primeval; 
  antiquated;  old-fashioned. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  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 
  3.  A  mark,  impression,  or  visible  appearance  of  anything  left 
  when  the  thing  itself  no  longer  exists;  remains;  token; 
  The  shady  empire  shall  retain  no  trace  Of  war  or 
  blood,  but  in  the  sylvan  chase.  --Pope. 
  4.  (Descriptive  Geom.  &  Persp.)  The  intersection  of  a  plane 
  of  projection,  or  an  original  plane,  with  a  coordinate 
  5.  (Fort.)  The  ground  plan  of  a  work  or  works 
  {Syn}.-Vestige;  mark;  token.  See  {Vestige}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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 
  Some  faintly  traced  features  or  outline  of  the 
  mother  and  the  child,  slowly  lading  into  the 
  twilight  of  the  woods.  --Hawthorne. 
  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. 
  You  may  trace  the  deluge  quite  round  the  globe.  --T. 
  I  feel  thy  power  .  .  .  to  trace  the  ways  Of  highest 
  agents.  --Milton. 
  3.  Hence  to  follow  the  trace  or  track  of 
  How  all  the  way  the  prince  on  footpace  traced. 
  4.  To  copy;  to  imitate. 
  That  servile  path  thou  nobly  dost  decline  Of 
  tracing  word  and  line  by  line  --Denham. 
  5.  To  walk  over  to  pass  through  to  traverse. 
  We  do  tracethis  alley  up  and  down  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Trace  \Trace\,  n.  [F.  trais.  pl  of  trait.  See  {Trait}.] 
  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Trace  \Trace\,  v.  i. 
  To  walk;  to  go  to  travel.  [Obs.] 
  Not  wont  on  foot  with  heavy  arms  to  trace.  --Spenser. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  just  detectable  amount;  "he  speaks  French  with  a  trace  of 
  an  accent"  [syn:  {hint},  {suggestion}] 
  2:  a  clue  that  something  has  been  present;  "there  wasn't  a 
  trace  of  evidence  for  the  claim"  [syn:  {vestige},  {shadow}] 
  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},  {ghost}] 
  4:  something  drawn  by  tracing  [syn:  {tracing}] 
  5:  either  of  two  lines  that  connect  a  horse's  harness  to  a 
  wagon  or  other  vehicle  or  to  a  whiffletree 
  v  1:  follow  discover,  or  ascertain  the  course  of  development  of 
  something  "We  must  follow  closely  the  economic 
  development  is  Cuba"  [syn:  {follow}] 
  2:  make  a  mark  or  lines  on  a  surface;  "draw  a  line";  "draw  the 
  outlines  of  a  figure  in  the  sand";  "trace  an  animal  shape" 
  [syn:  {draw},  {line},  {outline},  {describe},  {delineate}] 
  3:  to  go  back  over  again  as  of  a  route  or  steps:  we  retraced 
  the  route  we  took  last  summer.  [syn:  {retrace}] 
  4:  pursue  or  chase  relentlessly  [syn:  {hound},  {hunt}] 

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