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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
trail (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
a) to hang down so as to drag along or sweep the ground
b) to extend over a surface in a loose or straggling manner - a vine that trails over the ground
c) to grow to such length as to droop over toward the ground - trailing branches of a weeping birch
2.
a) to walk or proceed draggingly, heavily, or wearily - plod trudge
b) to lag behind do poorly in relation to others
3.
to move, flow, or extend slowly in thin streams - smoke trailing from chimneys
4.
a) to extend in an erratic or uneven course or line - straggle
b) - dwindle her voice trailing off
5.
transitive verb
to follow a trail track game
1.
a) to draw or drag loosely along a surface allow to sweep the ground
b) - haul tow
2.
a) to drag (as a limb or the body) heavily or wearily
b) to carry or bring along as an addition, burden, or encumbrance
c) to draw along in one's wake
3.
a) to follow upon the scent or trace of - track
b) to follow in the footsteps of - pursue
c) to follow along behind
d) to lag behind (as a competitor) chase
trail (noun)
1.
something that or is as - trails trailed
a) a plant - trailing
b) the of a gown - train
c) a trailing arrangement (as of flowers) - spray
d) the part of a gun carriage that rests on the ground when the piece is unlimbered
2.
a) something that follows or moves along as if being drawn along - train a trail of admirers
b) (1) the streak produced by a meteor
(2) a continuous line produced photographically by permitting the image of a celestial body (as a star) to move over the plate
c) a chain of consequences - aftermath the … movement left a trail of bitterness and prejudice behind it Paul Blanshard
3.
a) a trace or mark left by something that has passed or been drawn along - scent track a trail of blood
b) (1) a track made by passage especially through a wilderness
(2) a marked or established path or route especially through a forest or mountainous region
c) a course followed or to be followed - hit the campaign trail
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
trail (noun)
1.
a rough course or way formed by or as if by repeated footsteps
SYNONIMS:
footpath, path, pathway, trace, track
RELATED WORDS:
bridle path; towpath; alley, alleyway, bypath, byroad, bystreet, byway, passageway, walkway; cutoff, shortcut; lane, pass, passage, road, roadway, route, row, run, runway, street, thoroughfare
trail (noun)
2.
a mark or series of marks left on a surface by something that has passed along it
SYNONIMS:
imprint, trace, trail
RELATED WORDS:
footmark, footprint, footstep, hoofprint, path, print, pug, rut, step, tread; artifact, evidence, leavings, relic, remain(s), remainder, reminder, remnant, residual, residue, sign, spoor, telltale, token, vestige; clue, cue, hint, indication, inkling, intimation, lead, suggestion; scent, shadow, whiff
trail (verb)
to go after or on the track of
SYNONIMS:
bird-dog, chase, course, dog, hound, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, track, trail
RELATED WORDS:
accompany, chaperone ( chaperon), escort; hunt, search (for), seek; eye, observe, watch
NEAR ANTONYMS:
head
guide, lead, pilot
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