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as in: trace the origin or development Define
to find, search, research, or keep track of (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
  • The cardinals exchanged uneasy looks, and finally one said, "Yes, but these bonds are traceable directly to the Vatican Bank."

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  • Early cat domestication is traced back to China over 5,000 years ago.
  • They traced the illnesses back to a single restaurant.

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  • As a young astronomy student, Langdon had been stunned to learn the planet Venus traced a perfect pentacle across the ecliptic sky every four years.
  • Langdon’s eyes traced the length of the curator’s pale arm to his left hand but saw nothing.

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  • Letting his eyes trace the maze of galleries and hallways, Collet found what he was looking for.
  • As Langdon’s gaze began to trace the inlay, his eyes stopped short on an unexpected object lying on the floor just a few yards to his left, surrounded by police tape.
  • Slowly, Silas let his eyes trace the path of the brass strip as it made its way across the floor from his right to left, slanting in front of him at an awkward angle, entirely at odds with the symmetry of the church.
  • I doubt Fache is tracing, but keep it under a minute just in case.
  • The air inside smelled antediluvian, regal somehow, with traces of pipe tobacco, tea leaves, cooking sherry, and the earthen aroma of stone architecture.
  • I thought credit card usage could be traced by—
  • Even before Teabing traced the contour for her, Sophie saw it—the indisputable V shape at the focal point of the painting.
  • Quickly checking the bathroom, the chairs, and the luggage areas, the inspector found no traces of anyone hiding… much less multiple individuals.

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  • Because deposits were protected from police inspection by privacy laws and were attached to numbered accounts rather than people’s names, thieves could rest easily knowing their stolen goods were safe and could never be traced to them.
  • The manuscript deals with the symbology of the sacred feminine—tracing her iconography throughout history.
  • Her grandfather couldn’t actually write in reverse, so he always cheated by writing normally and then flipping the paper over and tracing the reversed impression.
  • Are you tracing this call, Captain?
  • He turned due south, letting his eye trace the extended line formed by the medallions.
  • Using her index finger, she traced a shape on her palm.
  • There he discovered the significance of the sacred path it traced.
  • Langdon’s eyes traced its narrowing form downward to its tip, suspended only six feet above the floor.
  • The modern belief in a horned devil known as Satan could be traced back to Baphomet and the Church’s attempts to recast the horned fertility god as a symbol of evil.
  • His eye traced the curvature of the chamber’s pale stone perimeter, taking in the carvings of gargoyles, demons, monsters, and pained human faces, all staring inward.
  • Turning, he felt his feet again tracing the invisible path of the ancient Rose Line, carrying him across the courtyard to the Carrousel du Louvre—the enormous circle of grass surrounded by a perimeter of neatly trimmed hedges—once the site of Paris’s primeval nature-worshipping festivals… joyous rites to celebrate fertility and the Goddess.

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as in: found a trace of Define
a small quantity or indication (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: trace the origin or development Define
to find, search, research, or keep track of (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: trace a picture or outline Define
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: traced a path Define
to follow (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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