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trace
used in Lord of the Flies

2 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —5 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."
  • There hasn't been the trace of a ship.
    p. 43.6
trace = any indication
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "And then," said Jack, "when I've had a bathe and something to eat, I'll just trek over to the other side of the mountain and see if I can see any traces."
    p. 55.4
  • traces = indications (in this case, of a trail left by a wild pig)
  • The horizon stretched, impersonal once more, barren of all but the faintest trace of smoke.
    p. 68.1
  • trace = slight indication
  • "There—" Before the others could examine the drop of blood, Jack had swerved off, judging a trace, touching a bough that gave.
    p. 134.9
  • trace = slight indication
  • A wave of heated air trembled above the ashes but without a trace of smoke.
    p. 139.6
trace = tiny amount (any indication)
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in Lord of the Flies.

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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
  • None of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack.
    p. 22.7
traceable = able to be followed (to its source)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in Lord of the Flies.

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