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trace
used in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

2 meanings, 11 uses
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1  —8 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."
  • But Nat had slipped out of the room and his halfhearted pursuers reported not a single trace of him.
    p. 223.5
trace = indication or sign
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • But there was no trace of fear in those fawnlike eyes as Hannah held out the stick.
    p. 117.5
  • trace = indication or sign
  • Every trace of pride and haughtiness was wiped from her face.
    p. 143.1
  • trace = indication or sign
  • They looked high and low for it, all over the room, and never found a trace.
    p. 161.3
  • trace = indication or sign
  • There's not a trace of her.
    p. 198.1
  • trace = indication or sign
  • On the threshold of the room stood Nat Eaton, slim, straight-shouldered, without a trace of mockery in his level blue eyes.
    p. 216.1
  • trace = indication or sign
  • For a moment her heart lifted with a trace of Mercy's excitement.
    p. 226.3
  • trace = small quantity
  • There was no trace of life or motion.
    p. 226.7
trace = indication or sign
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

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2  —3 uses as in:
trace a picture or outline
Definition
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern
This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. For example:
copying the outline of an image
  • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
  • "She projected the image onto the wall, hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil
draw an outline or a specific pattern
  • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
  • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw
  • In the clean white sand on the floor Hannah traced a careful B. Looking at Prudence, Kit held her breath.
    p. 117.4
traced = drew
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Boldly Prudence reached to take it in her own hand, and carefully and proudly she traced the lines herself.
    p. 117.6
  • traced = drew
  • She grasped the quill in tense, careful fingers, and her lips silently formed each letter as she traced the lines.
    p. 174.5
traced = drew
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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