In tracing their paths, I learned being dutiful is a choice—an opportunity, not an obligation.
By tracing the human lip print back thousands of years, we can see its deep cultural traditions.
I undo the button, but before I unzip him I let my fingers wander, tracing his erection through the soft denim.
Back in his hotel room he sat with five grandmasters, tracing and retracing his moves.
What was the process like in tracing through these memories?
The writer was engaged in tracing the progress of conviction in his own mind.
He slid to his feet and went about tracing it with his little up-tilted nose.
A vagrant with white mice is a kenspeckle, and surely you can have no difficulty in tracing her.
He never wearied of tracing the features of one so fair and good as she.
The flank of each wheel is struck with a tracing point, thus attached to the pitch circle of the other wheel.
late 14c., "to make a plan or diagram," from Old French trasser "delineate, score, trace, follow, pursue" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tractiare "delineate, score, trace" (cf. Spanish trazar "to trace, devise, plan out," Italian tracciare "to follow by foot"), from Latin tractus "track, course," literally "a drawing out," from past participle stem of trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Meaning "to pass over" (a path, etc.) is attested from late 14c.; that of "track down, follow the trail of" is early 15c., from trace (n.1). Sense of "draw an outline of" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "copy a drawing on a transparent sheet laid over it" is recorded from 1762. Related: Traced; tracing.
"track made by passage of a person or thing," mid-13c., from Old French trace, back-formation from tracier (see trace (v.)). Scientific sense of "indication of minute presence in some chemical compound" is from 1827. Traces "vestiges" is from c.1400.
"straps or chains by which an animal pulls a vehicle," c.1300, from earlier collective plural trays, from Old French traiz, plural of trait "strap for harnessing, act of drawing," from Latin tractus "a drawing, track," from stem of trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (1)).
tracing trac·ing (trā'sĭng)
A graphic record of mechanical or electrical events that is recorded by a pointed instrument.