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  3  definitions  found 
  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]: 
  Tracing  \Tra"cing\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  one  who  traces;  especially,  the  act  of  copying 
  by  marking  on  thin  paper,  or  other  transparent  substance, 
  the  lines  of  a  pattern  placed  beneath;  also  the  copy  thus 
  2.  A  regular  path  or  track;  a  course. 
  {Tracing  cloth},  {Tracing  paper},  specially  prepared 
  transparent  cloth  or  paper,  which  enables  a  drawing  or 
  print  to  be  clearly  seen  through  it  and  so  allows  the  use 
  of  a  pen  or  pencil  to  produce  a  facsimile  by  following  the 
  lines  of  the  original  placed  beneath. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  act  of  drawing  a  plan  or  diagram  or  outline 
  2:  something  drawn  by  tracing  [syn:  {trace}] 

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