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English noun: trail

1. trail (object) a track or mark left by something that has passed

SamplesThere as a trail of blood.
A tear left its trail on her cheek.

Broader (hypernym)course, path, track

Narrower (hyponym)slot, spoor

2. trail (artifact) a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country

Broader (hypernym)cart track, cartroad, track

Narrower (hyponym)cattle trail, deer trail, horse-trail, Indian trail, mountain trail, ski run, ski trail

Instance hyponymIditarod Trail, Santa Fe Trail

3. trail (cognition) evidence pointing to a possible solution

SamplesThe police are following a promising lead.
The trail led straight to the perpetrator.

Synonymslead, track

Broader (hypernym)evidence, grounds

English verb: trail

1. trail (motion) to lag or linger behind

SamplesBut in so many other areas we still are dragging.

Synonymsdrag, drop back, drop behind, get behind, hang back

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)dawdle, fall back, fall behind, lag

2. trail (motion) go after with the intent to catch

SamplesThe policeman chased the mugger down the alley.
The dog chased the rabbit.

ExamplesThey trail the car down the avenue

Synonymschase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)follow, pursue

Narrower (hyponym)hound, hunt, quest, run down, trace, tree

3. trail (motion) move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly

SamplesJohn trailed behind his class mates.
The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

4. trail (contact) hang down so as to drag along the ground

SamplesThe bride's veiled trailed along the ground.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Verb grouptrail, train

5. trail (contact) drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground

SamplesThe toddler was trailing his pants.
She trained her long scarf behind her.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)drag

Verb grouptrail

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