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- (countable) A trace of something is a very small amount, almost too small to find.
- We've found traces of an earlier painting underneath this one.
- No trace of the original material remains.
- The last trace of cloud had disappeared from the sky.
- He said it without a trace of sadness.
- The fact that each coin has different trace elements provides clear evidence that they were made at different places.
- (countable) A trace is a line on a paper drawn by a machine that shows the ups and downs of something.
- The trace shows a very irregular heartbeat.
- (countable) A trace is a path that tells you where something came from.
- (transitive) If you trace something, you follow information to find where it came from or where it went.
- Also, both the church and the farm can trace their origins back to the 1500s.
- The police soon traced the couple's movements and found they had made a number of telephone calls to Paris.
- The disease has been traced back to some bad eggs.
- (transitive) If you trace a line, you draw it.
- He traced a line in the sand.
- (transitive) If you trace a picture or a shape, you draw it by putting a piece of paper over it and drawing what you see underneath.
- She traced the Chinese characters carefully, the way you do before you learn to read.