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Division on public questions can no longer be traced by the war maps of 1861.

They had been traced eventually to a certain department, that in which Mary worked.

Dilly bent, and traced the outline of a leaf with her finger.

She traced the outline of her left eyebrow, and put it right.

The theft of old Galloway's bank-note has been traced to Arthur Channing.

The history of the families connected with the parish must be traced.

On his father's side a pedigree of three generations can be traced.

The man's whole evening has been traced without the slightest difficulty.

Something like the same legend has been traced as far south as Panama.

There is not any reasoning by which the evidences of depravity are to be traced in 17.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to make a plan or diagram," from Old French trasser "delineate, score, trace, follow, pursue" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tractiare "delineate, score, trace" (cf. Spanish trazar "to trace, devise, plan out," Italian tracciare "to follow by foot"), from Latin tractus "track, course," literally "a drawing out," from past participle stem of trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)).

Meaning "to pass over" (a path, etc.) is attested from late 14c.; that of "track down, follow the trail of" is early 15c., from trace (n.1). Sense of "draw an outline of" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "copy a drawing on a transparent sheet laid over it" is recorded from 1762. Related: Traced; tracing.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TRACED

graphic

adjectivepictorial, visible
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