from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A reproduction made by superimposing a transparent sheet and copying the lines of the original on it.
- n. A graphic record made by a recording instrument, such as a cardiograph or seismograph.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The reproduction of an image made by copying it through translucent paper.
- n. A record in the form of a graph made by a device such as a seismograph.
- n. The process of finding something that is lost by studying evidence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 producted.
- n. A regular path or track; a course.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of one who traces.
- n. A track or path; a course.
- n. A mechanical copy of a design or drawing, made by reproducing its lines as seen through a transparent medium, as tracing-paper.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of drawing a plan or diagram or outline
- n. a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image
- n. the discovery and description of the course of development of something
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Those (says he) who seek to discover hidden things and know the future have invented an art which they call tracing or smiting the sand; to wit, they take paper or sand or flour and trace thereon at hazard four rows of points, which operation, three times repeated (i.e. four times performed), gives sixteen rows.
The windows fog milky with conversation, uninterrupted by the bleating of a hospital monitor, and absentmindedly I begin tracing shapes: Pacmen, stars.
The ensuing difficulty in tracing such ownership is now at the heart of the courts 'objections and the compelling argument for a government-enforced national moratorium on home foreclosures to provide sufficient time to sort this mess out.
Indeed, Provine is quite correct in tracing this kind of thinking back to Darwin himself.
The new operators of Sonny's declined to be interviewed, saying that tracing is "confidential."
In contrast with such state-of-the-art, 21st-century crime-fighting techniques as DNA matching and digital fingerprint analysis, gun tracing is an antiquated, laborious process done mostly by hand.
Gun tracing is such a politically sensitive issue that Congress in 2003 banned the release of any federal data connecting dealers to guns seized in crimes.
This new concept was a perpetual amazement to Martin, and he found himself engaged continually in tracing the relationship between all things under the sun and on the other side of the sun.
Of course you have to do the same for the phone book, yellow pages/and/the thompson directory … So it can be a pain tracing all of the right numbers,
I suspect that the human DNA tracing is probably about as accurate and informative.