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trace
used in Dracula

2 meanings, 20 uses
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1  —10 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."
  • I could find no trace of them anywhere.
    Chapter 4 (24% in)
trace = indication
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Last night one of my post-dated letters went to post, the first of that fatal series which is to blot out the very traces of my existence from the earth.
    Chapter 4 (46% in)
  • No trace has ever been found of the great dog, at which there is much mourning, for, with public opinion in its present state, he would, I believe, be adopted by the town.
    Chapter 7 (85% in)
  • The traces of such an illness as his do not lightly die away.
    Chapter 8 (77% in)
  • All Lucy's loveliness had come back to her in death, and the hours that had passed, instead of leaving traces of 'decay's effacing fingers', had but restored the beauty of life, till positively I could not believe my eyes that I was looking at a corpse.
    Chapter 13 (10% in)
  • True that there were there, as we had seen them in life, the traces of care and pain and waste.
    Chapter 16 (87% in)
  • I looked into Renfield's room, but there was no trace there except ....
    Chapter 21 (76% in)
  • For now that he think he is free from every trace of us all, and that he has escaped us with so many hours to him, then his selfish child brain will whisper him to sleep.
    Chapter 25 (96% in)
  • When this was done, and he knew that all was in train, he blotted out his traces, as he thought, by murdering his agent.
    Chapter 26 (55% in)
  • Every trace of all that had been was blotted out.
    Chapter 27 (97% in)

There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in Dracula.

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2  —10 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
  • If there be anything behind this instinct it will be valuable to trace it afterwards accurately, so I...
    Chapter 5 (89% in)
trace = follow (by research)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Then I caught the patient's eye and followed it, but could trace nothing as it looked into the moonlight sky, except a big bat, which was flapping its silent and ghostly way to the west.
    Chapter 9 (38% in)
  • The Professor has a strongly humorous side, and I could from old knowledge detect a trace of its origin in his answer.
    Chapter 10 (25% in)
  • It was begun after you had left, and was an imitation of you, and in that diary she traces by inference certain things to a sleep-walking in which she puts down that you saved her.
    Chapter 14 (27% in)
  • Only ten days ago a wolf got out, and was, I believe, traced up in this direction.
    Chapter 15 (12% in)
  • It was now my object to trace that horrid cargo of the Count's to its place in London.
    Chapter 17 (59% in)
  • If the latter, we must trace ....
    Chapter 18 (62% in)
  • We must trace each of these boxes, and when we are ready, we must either capture or kill this monster in his lair, or we must, so to speak, sterilize the earth, so that no more he can seek safety in it.
    Chapter 18 (65% in)
  • We now know of twenty-one boxes having been removed, and if it be that several were taken in any of these removals we may be able to trace them all.
    Chapter 19 (56% in)
  • We could trace it through the drifted snow.
    Chapter 27 (66% in)

There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in Dracula.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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