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trace
used in And Then There Were None

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use 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 was no trace of the missing physician.
    p. 227.1
trace = indication or sign
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in And Then There Were None.

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2  —2 uses 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 didn't say any more, but it was easy enough for me to trace back the story and reconstruct it.
    p. 267.0
trace = find through investigation
  • Haven't been able to trace any record of an illegal operation or anything of that kind.
    p. 252.2
trace = find through investigation
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in And Then There Were None.

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