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trace
used in Hoot

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."
  • When Curly told his wife of his overnight guard duties, she received the news with no trace of annoyance or concern.
    p. 129.7
trace = indication (sign)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Glumly he checked for footprints and found not one. Mullet Fingers had fled without a trace.
    p. 68.3
  • trace = any evidence of how
  • His father put the book aside and looked at Roy fondly, though with a trace of sadness.
    p. 156.1
trace = small amount
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in Hoot.

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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
  • In typical cases of juvenile vandalism, the crimes could be traced to a group of youngsters, each trying to outdo the other for thrills.
    p. 77.9
traced = followed through investigation
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in Hoot.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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