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Sense: 1-4
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: tracier; TRACE1
Sense: 5
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: trais 'traces', plural of trait 'pull, trace'; TRAIT

trace

2 noun
     
trace2
1

sign of something

[uncountable and countable] a small sign that shows that someone or something was present or existed:
There was no trace of anyone having entered the room since then.
Petra's lost all trace of her German accent.
Officers were unable to find any trace of drugs.
disappear/vanish/sink without (a) trace (=disappear completely, without leaving any sign of what happened)
The plane vanished without a trace.
2

small amount

[countable] a very small amount of a quality, emotion, substance etc that is difficult to see or notice
trace of
I saw the faintest trace of a smile cross Sandra's face.
traces of poison
3

telephone

[countable] technicalTCT a search to find out where a telephone call came from, using special electronic equipment:
The police put a trace on the call.
4

information recorded

[countable]MH technical the mark or pattern made on a screen or on paper by a machine that is recording an electrical signal:
This trace shows the heartbeat.
5

cart/carriage

[countable]TTB one of the two pieces of leather, rope etc by which a cart or carriage is fastened to an animal pulling it

➔ kick over the traces

at kick1 (19)

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