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trail

noun

1 trail

A track or mark left by something that has passed.

Roget 551: trace, vestige, relic, remains; scar, cicatrix; footstep, footmark, footprint; pug; track mark, wake, trail, scent, ... show more

Roget 398: odor, smell, odorament, scent, effluvium; emanation, exhalation; fume, essence, trail, nidor, redolence.    sense of smell; ... show more

Roget 65: sequel, suffix, successor; tail, queue, train, wake, trail, rear; retinue, suite; appendix, postscript; ... show more

Dutch: spoor



2 trail

A path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country.

Dutch: pad, spoor

3 trail

Evidence pointing to a possible solution:
— The trail led straight to the perpetrator.

synonyms: lead, track.

verb

1 trail

To lag or linger behind.

synonyms: drag, drop back, drop behind, get behind, hang back.

Roget 214: be pendent etc. adj.; hang, depend, swing, dangle; swag; daggle, flap, trail, flow; beetle.    suspend, ... show more

Roget 275: move slowly etc. adv.; creep, crawl, lag, slug, drawl, linger, loiter, saunter; plod, trudge, stump along, ... show more

2 trail

Go after with the intent to catch.

synonyms: chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track.

Roget 461: make inquiry etc. n.; inquire, ask, seek, search.    look for, look about for, look out for; scan, reconnoiter, explore, sound, ... show more

Dutch: achterna zitten, achtervolgen, jacht, najagen

3 trail

Move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly:
— John trailed behind his class mates.
— The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart.

synonym: shack.

4 trail

Hang down so as to drag along the ground.

5 trail

Drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground:
— The toddler was trailing his pants.

synonym: train.

Roget 285: draw, pull, haul, lug, rake, drag, tug, tow, trail, train; take in tow.    wrench, jerk, twitch, ... show more


Moby thesaurus: afterclap, aftercrop, aftereffect, afterglow, aftergrowth, afterimage, aftermath, afterpart, afterpiece, aftertaste, alameda, aroma, attend, back, back up, bag, beat, beaten path, beaten track, bedog ... show more.

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