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trail

 (trāl)
v. trailed, trail·ing, trails
v.tr.
1. To allow to drag or stream behind, as along the ground: The dog ran off, trailing its leash.
2. To drag (the body, for example) wearily or heavily.
3.
a. To follow the traces or scent of, as in hunting; track.
b. To follow the course taken by; pursue: trail a fugitive.
4. To follow behind: several cruisers trailed by an escorting destroyer.
5. To lag behind (an opponent): trailed the league leader by four games.
v.intr.
1. To drag or be dragged along, brushing the ground: The queen's long robe trailed behind.
2. To extend, grow, or droop loosely over a surface: vines trailing through the garden.
3. To drift in a thin stream: smoke trailing from a dying fire.
4. To become gradually fainter; dwindle: His voice trailed off in confusion.
5. To walk or proceed with dragging steps; trudge: trailed along in glum silence.
6. To be behind in competition; lag: trailing by two goals in the second period.
n.
1.
a. A marked or beaten path, as through woods or wilderness.
b. An overland route: the pioneers' trail across the prairies.
c. A marked course through one or more bodies of water, as for recreational boaters or divers.
2.
a. A mark, trace, course, or path left by a moving body.
b. The scent of a person or animal: The dogs lost the trail of the fox.
3. Something that is drawn along or follows behind; a train: The mayor was followed by a trail of reporters.
4. A succession of things that come afterward or are left behind: left a trail of broken promises.
5. Something that hangs loose and long: Trails of ticker tape floated down from office windows.
6. The part of a gun carriage that rests or slides on the ground.
7. The act of trailing.

[Middle English trailen, probably from Old French trailler, to hunt without a foreknown course, from Vulgar Latin *trāgulāre, to make a deer double back and forth, perhaps alteration (influenced by Latin trāgula, dragnet) of Latin trahere, to pull, draw.]

trail

(treɪl)
vb
1. to drag or stream, or permit to drag or stream along a surface, esp the ground: her skirt trailed; she trailed her skipping rope.
2. to make (a track or path) through (a place): to trail a way; to trail a jungle.
3. (Hunting) to chase, follow, or hunt (an animal or person) by following marks or tracks
4. (when: intr, often foll by behind) to lag or linger behind (a person or thing)
5. (Botany) (intr) (esp of plants) to extend or droop over or along a surface
6. (General Sporting Terms) (intr) to be falling behind in a race or competition: the favourite is trailing at the last fence.
7. (Automotive Engineering) (tr) to tow (a boat, caravan, etc) behind a motor vehicle
8. (Military) (tr) to carry (a rifle) at the full length of the right arm in a horizontal position, with the muzzle to the fore
9. (intr) to move wearily or slowly: we trailed through the city.
10. (Broadcasting) (tr) (on television or radio) to advertise (a future programme) with short extracts
11. trail one's coat to invite a quarrel by deliberately provocative behaviour
n
12. a print, mark, or marks made by a person, animal, or object
13. the act or an instance of trailing
14. (Hunting) the scent left by a moving person or animal that is followed by a hunting animal
15. a path, track, or road, esp one roughly blazed
16. something that trails behind or trails in loops or strands
17. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the part of a towed gun carriage and limber that connects the two when in movement and rests on the ground as a partial support when unlimbered
18. (General Engineering) engineering the distance between the point of contact of a steerable wheel and a line drawn from the swivel pin axis to the ground
19. (Broadcasting) (on television or radio) an advertisement for a future programme
[C14: from Old French trailler to draw, tow, from Vulgar Latin tragulāre (unattested), from Latin trāgula dragnet, from trahere to drag; compare Middle Dutch traghelen to drag]
ˈtrail-less adj

trail

(treɪl)

v.t.
1. to drag or let drag along the ground or other surface; draw or drag along behind.
2. to bring or have floating after itself or oneself: a racing car trailing clouds of dust.
3. to follow the track, trail, or scent of; track.
4. to follow along behind (another), as in a race.
v.i.
5. to be drawn or dragged along the ground or some other surface: The bridal gown trailed across the floor.
6. to hang down loosely from something.
7. to stream from or float after something moving, as dust, smoke, and sparks do.
8. to follow as if drawn along.
9. to go slowly, lazily, or wearily along.
10. to pass or extend in a straggling line.
11. to change gradually or wander from a course, so as to become weak, ineffectual, etc. (usu. fol. by off or away): Her voice trailed off into silence.
12. to arrive or be last.
13. to be losing in a contest.
14. to follow a track or scent, as of game.
15. (of a plant) to extend itself in growth along the ground rather than taking root or clinging by tendrils, etc.
n.
16. a path or track made in overgrown or rough terrain by the passage of people or animals.
17. the track, scent, or the like, left by an animal, person, or thing.
18. something that is trailed or that trails behind, as the train of a skirt or robe.
19. a stream of dust, smoke, light, people, vehicles, etc., behind something moving.
20. either of two rearward-facing parts of an artillery piece, spread out on the ground for support when the piece is fired.
[1275–1325; Middle English: to draw or drag in the rear; compare Old English træglian to tear off, c. Middle Dutch traghelen to drag]
trail′ing•ly, adv.

trail

1. A term applied to the manner in which a bomb trails behind the aircraft from which it has been released, assuming the aircraft does not change its velocity after the release of the bomb. (DOD)
2. Track (or shadow). (The words "landward" or "seaward" may be used to indicate from which side of enemy unit to shadow.)

Trail

 a train; a trailing mass of plants or ornament; a line of persons or things following behind something; a wreath or spray of flowers or leaves.
Examples: trail of bear’s foot, myrtles green, and ivy pale, 1697; of tangled eglantine, 1861; of foliage, 1869; of golden hair, 1844; of ivy leaves, 1423; of roses, 1454; hurrying trails of black clouds, 1872; of light, 1697; of lightning, 1770; long trails of chanting priests, 1856.

trail


Past participle: trailed
Gerund: trailing

Imperative
trail
trail
Present
I trail
you trail
he/she/it trails
we trail
you trail
they trail
Preterite
I trailed
you trailed
he/she/it trailed
we trailed
you trailed
they trailed
Present Continuous
I am trailing
you are trailing
he/she/it is trailing
we are trailing
you are trailing
they are trailing
Present Perfect
I have trailed
you have trailed
he/she/it has trailed
we have trailed
you have trailed
they have trailed
Past Continuous
I was trailing
you were trailing
he/she/it was trailing
we were trailing
you were trailing
they were trailing
Past Perfect
I had trailed
you had trailed
he/she/it had trailed
we had trailed
you had trailed
they had trailed
Future
I will trail
you will trail
he/she/it will trail
we will trail
you will trail
they will trail
Future Perfect
I will have trailed
you will have trailed
he/she/it will have trailed
we will have trailed
you will have trailed
they will have trailed
Future Continuous
I will be trailing
you will be trailing
he/she/it will be trailing
we will be trailing
you will be trailing
they will be trailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been trailing
you have been trailing
he/she/it has been trailing
we have been trailing
you have been trailing
they have been trailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been trailing
you will have been trailing
he/she/it will have been trailing
we will have been trailing
you will have been trailing
they will have been trailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been trailing
you had been trailing
he/she/it had been trailing
we had been trailing
you had been trailing
they had been trailing
Conditional
I would trail
you would trail
he/she/it would trail
we would trail
you would trail
they would trail
Past Conditional
I would have trailed
you would have trailed
he/she/it would have trailed
we would have trailed
you would have trailed
they would have trailed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trail - a track or mark left by something that has passedtrail - a track or mark left by something that has passed; "there as a trail of blood"; "a tear left its trail on her cheek"
track, path, course - a line or route along which something travels or moves; "the hurricane demolished houses in its path"; "the track of an animal"; "the course of the river"
slot - the trail of an animal (especially a deer); "he followed the deer's slot over the soft turf to the edge of the trees"
spoor - the trail left by a person or an animal; what the hunter follows in pursuing game; "the hounds followed the fox's spoor"
2.trail - a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly countrytrail - a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
cattle trail - a trail over which cattle were driven to market
deer trail - a trail worn by the passage of deer
horse-trail - a trail for horses
Indian trail - a trail through the wilderness worn by Amerindians
mountain trail - a trail through mountainous country
ski run, ski trail - trail or slope prepared for skiing
cart track, cartroad, track - any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
3.trail - evidence pointing to a possible solutiontrail - evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
evidence, grounds - your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief; "the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling"
Verb1.trail - to lag or linger behindtrail - to lag or linger behind; "But in so many other areas we still are dragging"
lag, fall back, fall behind, dawdle - hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
2.trail - go after with the intent to catchtrail - go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit"
tree - chase an animal up a tree; "the hunters treed the bear with dogs and killed it"; "her dog likes to tree squirrels"
pursue, follow - follow in or as if in pursuit; "The police car pursued the suspected attacker"; "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
quest - search the trail of (game); "The dog went off and quested"
hound, hunt, trace - pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him"
run down - pursue until captured; "They ran down the fugitive"
3.trail - move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly; "John trailed behind his class mates"; "The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
4.trail - hang down so as to drag along the groundtrail - hang down so as to drag along the ground; "The bride's veiled trailed along the ground"
trail, train - drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground; "The toddler was trailing his pants"; "She trained her long scarf behind her"
5.trail - drag loosely along a surfacetrail - drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground; "The toddler was trailing his pants"; "She trained her long scarf behind her"
drag - pull, as against a resistance; "He dragged the big suitcase behind him"; "These worries were dragging at him"
trail - hang down so as to drag along the ground; "The bride's veiled trailed along the ground"

trail

noun
1. path, track, route, way, course, road, pathway, footpath, beaten track He was following a broad trail through the trees.
2. series, line, train, row, chain, string, stream, succession He left a trail of clues at the scenes of his crimes.
3. tracks, path, mark, marks, wake, trace, scent, footsteps, footprints, spoor They would take no action except that of following her trail.
4. wake, stream, tail, slipstream the high vapour trail of an aircraft
5. train, series, chain, aftermath The blast left a 200 metre trail of wreckage.
6. scent, track, spoor The whales come close to shore, on the trail of squid.
verb
1. follow, track, chase, pursue, dog, hunt, shadow, trace, tail (informal), hound, stalk, keep an eye on, keep tabs on (informal), run to ground Two detectives were trailing him.
2. drag, draw, pull, sweep, stream, haul, tow, dangle, droop She came down the stairs, trailing the coat behind her.
3. lag, follow, drift, wander, linger, trudge, fall behind, plod, meander, amble, loiter, straggle, traipse (informal), dawdle, hang back, tag along (informal), bring up the rear, drag yourself I spent a long afternoon trailing behind him.
4. lose, be down, be behind, fall behind, lag behind, drop behind He scored again leaving Dartford trailing 2-0 at the break.
5. creep, slide, crawl, slither, slink ivy trailing over the concrete
6. advertise, announce, preview, hype (informal), publicise a previously trailed live TV appearance
trail away or off fade away or out, sink, weaken, diminish, decrease, dwindle, shrink, lessen, subside, fall away, peter out, die away, tail off, taper off, grow weak, grow faint 'But he of all men...' her voice trailed away.

trail

verb
1. To hang or cause to hang down and be pulled along behind:
2. To go or move slowly so that progress is hindered:
3. To follow the traces or scent of, as in hunting:
4. To keep (another) under surveillance by moving along behind:
Informal: bird-dog, tail.
5. To follow closely or persistently:
noun
1. Something that follows or is drawn along behind:
2. A visible sign or mark of the passage of someone or something:
3. Evidence of passage left along a course followed by a hunted animal or fugitive:
Translations
أثَر، خَط مِنمَسْلَك، مَسار، أثَرمَمَر جَبَلييَسيرُ خَلْفيَمْشي بِتَثاقُل، يَتَجَرْجَر
jít po stopěplouhat sestezkastopavléci se
sporstifølge sporet afslæbe
jäljittäälaahustaaraahataseurata
maga után húznehézkesen jár
blóîferilldragadrattast áframeltaslóî
filmo anonsaspėdsakaipriekabasektižymės
dzīt pēdaspēdassekottakatraipi
ísť po stope
sledstezavleči sezaostajati
izizini sürmekpatikapeşinden sürükle mekyorgun argın yürümek

trail

[treɪl]
A. N
1. (= wake) [of dust, smoke] → estela f; [of blood] → reguero m; [of comet, meteor] → cola f
the hurricane left a trail of destructionel huracán dejó una estela de estragos
the murderer left a trail of cluesel asesino dejó un reguero de pistas
he left a trail of wet footprints all through the housedejó pisadas húmedas por toda la casa
2. (= track) (left by animal, person) → rastro m, pista f
to be on sb's trailseguir la pista a algn
the police are hard or hot on his trailla policía le sigue de cerca or está sobre su pista
to pick up sb's traildar con algn
we managed to throw or put them off our trailconseguimos despistarlos
3. (= path) → camino m, sendero m
tourist trailruta f turística (fig)
see also blaze 2
see also nature
B. VT
1. (= drag) → arrastrar
he was trailing his schoolbag behind himiba arrastrando la cartera (de la escuela)
the jeep trailed clouds of dust behind itel jeep iba dejando nubes de polvo a su paso
to trail one's fingers in or through the waterhacer surcos en el agua con los dedos
2. (= deposit) the children trailed dirt all over the carpetlos niños iban dejando suciedad por toda la moqueta
3. (= track) [+ animal, person] → seguir la pista a, seguir el rastro a; [+ suspect] → seguir de cerca
two detectives were trailing himdos detectives le seguían de cerca
4. (= lag behind) → ir rezagado con respecto a, ir a la zaga de
the President trails his opponent in opinion pollsel Presidente va rezagado con respecto a or va a la zaga de su adversario en las encuestas de opinión
they are trailing the leaders by just two pointslos líderes sólo les llevan or sacan dos puntos de ventaja
C. VI
1. (= drag) → arrastrarse
your coat is trailing in the mudse te está arrastrando or vas arrastrando el abrigo por el barro
she walked with her skirt trailing on the groundandaba arrastrando la falda por el suelo
2. (= dangle, spread) plants trail from balconieslas plantas cuelgan de los balcones
wires trailing across the floor are dangerouslos cables sueltos por el suelo son peligrosos
3. (= trudge) I spent the afternoon trailing around the shopspasé la tarde pateándome las tiendas
we trailed home again in the raina duras penas y lloviendo nos hicimos el camino de vuelta a casa
her husband trailed along behindsu marido iba detrás arrastrando los pies
4. (= lag behind) → ir rezagado, ir a la zaga
to trail (far) behind sbquedar (muy) a la zaga de algn, ir (muy) rezagado con respecto a algn
he's trailing in the pollsva por detrás or a la zaga en las encuestas
they were trailing 2-0 at half-timeen el descanso iban perdiendo dos a cero
D. CPD trail bike Nmoto f de motocross, moto f de trial
trail mix Nrevuelto m de frutos secos
trail away, trail off VI + ADV [sound] → irse apagando
the last note trails away to nothingla última nota se va apagando hasta dejar de oírse
her voice trailed off or awayse le fue la voz
he let the sentence trail off meaningfullydejó la frase en puntos suspensivos de forma significativa

trail

[ˈtreɪl]
n
(= track) to be on sb's trail → être sur la piste de qn
to leave a trail of sth → laisser qch derrière soi
He left a trail of dirty marks all over the house → Il a laissé des traces de saleté partout derrière lui dans la maison.
(= path) → chemin m, piste f
They set out on the trail once again → Ils se remirent en chemin.
[smoke] → traînée f
vt
(= pull, dangle) → laisser traîner
She trailed her fingers through the water → Elle laissait traîner ses doigts dans l'eau.
(= follow) → pister
Two detectives were trailing him → Deux détectives le pistaient.
, trail off vi
(= drag) → traîner
(= move slowly) → traîner
He trailed through the wet streets → Il traînait dans les rues humides.
(= be losing) [team] → être mené(e)
United were trailing 2-0 at half-time → United était mené 2-0 à la mi-temps.
trail away
vi
[sound] → se dissiper; [voice] → devenir inaudible
[interest] → s'estomper
trail behind
viêtre à la traînetrail bike ntrail m, moto f trail

trail

n
Spur f; (of meteor)Schwanz m, → Schweif m; trail of bloodBlutspur f; trail of smokeRauchfahne f; trail of dustStaubwolke f; the hurricane left a trail of destructionder Hurrikan hinterließ eine Spur der Verwüstung
(= track)Fährte f, → Spur f; hot on the traildicht auf den Fersen; to be on the trail of an animaldie Spur eines Tieres verfolgen; the police are on his traildie Polizei ist ihm auf der Spur
(= path)Weg m, → Pfad m; (= nature trail etc)(Wander)weg m
(Ski, cross-country) → Loipe f
vt
(esp Brit: = follow) personfolgen (+dat), → verfolgen; to trail an animalein Tier or die Spur eines Tieres verfolgen
(= drag)schleppen, schleifen; the bird trailed its broken wingder Vogel zog seinen gebrochenen Flügel nach
(US: = tow) → ziehen, schleppen
team, rivalzurückliegen hinter (+dat); we are trailing them by 4 pointswir liegen 4 Punkte hinter ihnen (zurück)
vi
(on floor) → schleifen
(plant)sich ranken; a house with ivy trailing round the windowsein Haus mit efeuumrankten Fenstern
(= walk)zuckeln, trotten
(= be behind) (in competition etc) → weit zurückliegen, hinterherhinken; (Sport) → weit zurückgefallen sein; our team is trailing by 3 pointsunsere Mannschaft ist mit 3 Punkten im Rückstand

trail

[treɪl]
1. n
a. (of dust, smoke) → scia
the hurricane left a trail of destruction → l'uragano non ha lasciato altro che distruzione dietro di sé
b. (track) → orma; (tracks) → pista, tracce fpl
to be on sb's trail → essere sulle orme di qn
c. (path) → sentiero (Skiing) → pista da fondo
2. vt
a. (drag) → trascinare, strascicare
don't trail mud into the house → non portare fango in casa
b. (track, animal) → seguire le orme di; (person) → pedinare, seguire
3. vi
a. (object) → strisciare; (plant) → arrampicarsi; (dress) → strusciare
to trail by 2 goals (Sport) → essere in svantaggio di 2 goal
b. (wearily) (also trail along) → trascinarsi
trail away trail off vi + adv (sound) → affievolirsi; (interest, voice) → spegnersi a poco a poco
trail behind vi + advessere al traino
trail off vi + adv = trail away

trail

(treil) verb
1. to drag, or be dragged, along loosely. Garments were trailing from the suitcase.
2. to walk slowly and usually wearily. He trailed down the road.
3. to follow the track of. The herd of reindeer was being trailed by a pack of wolves.
noun
1. a track (of an animal). The trail was easy for the hunters to follow.
2. a path through a forest or other wild area. a mountain trail.
3. a line, or series of marks, left by something as it passes. There was a trail of blood across the floor.
ˈtrailer noun
1. a vehicle pulled behind a motor car. We carry our luggage in a trailer.
2. (American) a caravan.
3. a short film advertising a complete film.
References in classic literature ?
You won't stop, I know, as long as you can trail round in a white gown with your hair down, and wear gold-paper jewelry.
I believe you--that is if you got on its trail," returned Ned, and there was warm admiration in his voice.
The next summer, when the long trains of wagons came through with all the women and children, they had the sunflower trail to follow.
She had been walking alone with her arms hanging limp, letting her white skirts trail along the dewy path.
It would seem that the domestics had been previously instructed; for, instead of penetrating the thicket, they followed the route of the column; a measure which Heyward stated had been dictated by the sagacity of their guide, in order to diminish the marks of their trail, if, haply, the Canadian savages should be lurking so far in advance of their army.
In the clearer view she could distinguish a staggering figure in the trail below who had evidently been stopped by two other expostulating shadows that were approaching from the shelter of a tree.
They tossed it to and fro, with peals of laughter that might be measured by mile-lengths; for, faster than the nimble ball could fly, the merry players fled unconsciously along, leaving the trail of their mirth afar behind, and ending their game under another sky than had witnessed its commencement.
But no longer snuffing in the trail of the wild beasts of the woodland, Tashtego now hunted in the wake of the great whales of the sea; the unerring harpoon of the son fitly replacing the infallible arrow of the sires.
To trail the genealogies of these high mortal miseries, carries us at last among the sourceless primogenitures of the gods; so that, in the face of all the glad, hay-making suns, and soft-cymballing, round harvest-moons, we must needs give in to this: that the gods themselves are not for ever glad.
He and his family, helpless women and children, struggling to live, ignorant and defenseless and forlorn as they were--and the enemies that had been lurking for them, crouching upon their trail and thirsting for their blood
A drab of stat, a cloth-o'-silver slut, To have her train borne up, and her soul trail in the dirt.
Are you going to see if you can work up another half-stretch on the trail of the cowboys, Sandy?