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trail

TRAIL, v.t. [L. traho.]

1. To hunt by the track. [See the Norman, supra.]

2. To draw along the ground. Trail your pikes.

And hung his head, and trail'd his legs along.

They shall not trail me through the streets

Like a wild beast.

That long behind he trails his pompous robe.

3. To lower; as, to trail arms.

4. In America, to tread down gras by walking through; to lay flat; as, to trail grass.

TRAIL, v.i. To be drawn out in length.

When his brother saw the red blood trail.

TRAIL, n. Track followed by the hunter; scent left on the ground by the animal pursued.

How cheerfully on the false trail they cry.

1. Any thing drawn to length; as the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke.

When lightning shoots in glitt'ring trails along.

2. Any thing drawn behind in long undulations; a train.

And drew behind a radiant trail of hair.

3. The entrails of a fowl; applied sometimes to those of sheep.

boards, in ship-building, a term for the craved work between the cheeks of the head, at the heel of the figure.




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TRAIL, v.t. [L. traho.]

1. To hunt by the track. [See the Norman, supra.]

2. To draw along the ground. Trail your pikes.

And hung his head, and trail'd his legs along.

They shall not trail me through the streets

Like a wild beast.

That long behind he trails his pompous robe.

3. To lower; as, to trail arms.

4. In America, to tread down gras by walking through; to lay flat; as, to trail grass.

TRAIL, v.i. To be drawn out in length.

When his brother saw the red blood trail.

TRAIL, n. Track followed by the hunter; scent left on the ground by the animal pursued.

How cheerfully on the false trail they cry.

1. Any thing drawn to length; as the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke.

When lightning shoots in glitt'ring trails along.

2. Any thing drawn behind in long undulations; a train.

And drew behind a radiant trail of hair.

3. The entrails of a fowl; applied sometimes to those of sheep.

boards, in ship-building, a term for the craved work between the cheeks of the head, at the heel of the figure.


TRAIL, n.

  1. Track followed by the hunter; scent left on the ground by the animal pursued. How cheerfully on the false trail they cry. Shak.
  2. Any thing drawn to length; as, the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke. Dryden. When lightning shoots in glitt'ring trails along. Rowe.
  3. Any thing drawn behind in long undulations; a train. And drew behinds radiant trail of hair. Pope.
  4. The entrails of a fowl; applied sometimes to those of sheep. Smollet. Trail-boards, in ship-building, a term for the carved work between the cheeks of the head, at the heel of the figure. Cyc.

TRAIL, v.i.

To be drawn out in length. When his brother saw the red blood trail. Spenser.


TRAIL, v.t. [W. rhel, a flagging, a trailing; rhelyw, a trail; Sp. traillar, to level the ground; trailla, a leash, packthread, an instrument for leveling the ground; W. trail, a drawing over, a trail, a turn, as if from traigyl, a turn or revolution; treilliaw, to turn, to roll, to traverse, to dredge; Gaelic triallam, to go, to walk, (qu. travel;) Port. tralho, a fishing net, as if from drawing, L. traho; D. treillen, to draw, to tow; Norm. trailler, to search for. The Welsh seems to accord with troll; the others appear to be formed on drag, L. traho. Qu.]

  1. To hunt by the track. [See the Norman, supra.]
  2. To draw along the ground. Trail your pikes. And hung his head, and trail'd his legs along. Dryden. They shall not trail me through the streets / Like a wild beast. Milton. That long behind he trails his pompous robe. Pope.
  3. To lower; as, to trail arms.
  4. In America, to tread down grass by walking through; to lay flat; as, to trail grass.

T" rail`
  1. See under T.
  2. To hunt by the track; to track.

    Halliwell.
  3. To be drawn out in length; to follow after.

    When his brother saw the red blood trail. Spenser.

  4. A track left by man or beast; a track followed by the hunter; a scent on the ground by the animal pursued; as, a deer trail.

    They traveled in the bed of the brook, leaving no dangerous trail. Cooper.

    How cheerfully on the false trail they cry! Shak.

  5. To draw or drag, as along the ground.

    And hung his head, and trailed his legs along. Dryden.

    They shall not trail me through their streets
    Like a wild beast.
    Milton.

    Long behind he trails his pompous robe. Pope.

  6. To grow to great length, especially when slender and creeping upon the ground, as a plant; to run or climb.
  7. A footpath or road track through a wilderness or wild region; as, an Indian trail over the plains.
  8. To carry, as a firearm, with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.
  9. Anything drawn out to a length; as, the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke.

    When lightning shoots in glittering trails along. Rowe.

  10. To tread down, as grass, by walking through it; to lay flat.

    Longfellow.
  11. Anything drawn behind in long undulations; a train.

    "A radiant trail of hair." Pope.
  12. To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.

    [Prov. Eng.]

    I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly termed) trailing Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her ignorance. C. Bronte.

  13. Anything drawn along, as a vehicle.

    [Obs.]
  14. A frame for trailing plants; a trellis.

    [Obs.]
  15. The entrails of a fowl, especially of game, as the woodcock, and the like; -- applied also, sometimes, to the entrails of sheep.

    The woodcock is a favorite with epicures, and served with its trail in, is a delicious dish. Baird.

  16. That part of the stock of a gun carriage which rests on the ground when the piece is unlimbered. See Illust. of Gun carriage, under Gun.
  17. The act of taking advantage of the ignorance of a person; an imposition.

    [Prov. Eng.]

    Trail boards (Shipbuilding), the carved boards on both sides of the cutwater near the figurehead. -- Trail net, a net that is trailed or drawn behind a boat. Wright.

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Trail

TRAIL, verb transitive [Latin traho.]

1. To hunt by the track. [See the Norman, supra.]

2. To draw along the ground. trail your pikes.

And hung his head, and trail'd his legs along.

They shall not trail me through the streets

Like a wild beast.

That long behind he trails his pompous robe.

3. To lower; as, to trail arms.

4. In America, to tread down gras by walking through; to lay flat; as, to trail grass.

TRAIL, verb intransitive To be drawn out in length.

When his brother saw the red blood trail

TRAIL, noun Track followed by the hunter; scent left on the ground by the animal pursued.

How cheerfully on the false trail they cry.

1. Any thing drawn to length; as the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke.

When lightning shoots in glitt'ring trails along.

2. Any thing drawn behind in long undulations; a train.

And drew behind a radiant trail of hair.

3. The entrails of a fowl; applied sometimes to those of sheep.

boards, in ship-building, a term for the craved work between the cheeks of the head, at the heel of the figure.

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