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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.


Synonymsshack


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.


Synonymstrain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)drag


Verb grouptrail









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