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trace
used in To Kill a Mockingbird

2 meanings, 4 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
found a trace of
Definition
a small quantity; or any indication or evidence of
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • a small indication that something was present — as in "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace."
  • a very small amount of something — as in "The blood test showed a trace of steroids."
  • any evidence of something — as in "We did not find a trace of the gene."
  • September had come, but not a trace of cool weather with it, and we were still sleeping on the back screen porch.
    p. 319.2
trace = slight indication or sign
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Farther down stream, beyond the bluff, were traces of an old cotton landing, where Finch Negroes had loaded bales and produce, unloaded blocks of ice, flour and sugar, farm equipment, and feminine apparel.
    p. 106.2
  • traces = indications
  • We saw no trace of Tim Johnson.
    p. 124.5
trace = indication
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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2  —1 use as in:
trace the origin or development
Definition
to find, search, research, or keep track of
This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. For example:
to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something:
  • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
  • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
  • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
  • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation
to research or report on the development of something
  • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
  • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on
to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something
  • "She traces the progress of at-risk students." — monitors information
  • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track
  • He says as far as he can trace back the Finches we ain't, but for all he knows we mighta come straight out of Ethiopia durin' the Old Testament.
    p. 216.2
trace = search (through investigation)
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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