noun1 a mark, object, or other indication of the existence or passing of something : remove all traces of the old adhesive | the aircraft disappeared without trace.• a beaten path or small road; a track.• a physical change in the brain presumed to be caused by a process of learning or memory.• a procedure to investigate the source of something, such as the place from which a telephone call was made, or the origin of an error in a computer program.2 a very small quantity, esp. one too small to be accurately measured : his body contained traces of amphetamines [as adj. ] : trace quantities of PCBs.• a slight indication or barely discernible hint of something : just a trace of a smile.3 a line or pattern displayed by an instrument using a moving pen or a luminous spot on a screen to show the existence or nature of something that is being investigated.• a line that represents the projection of a curve or surface on a plane or the intersection of a curve or surface with a plane.4 Mathematics the sum of the elements in the principle diagonal of a square matrix.
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You might wonder why every so often I post the dictionary explanation of words, well first of all I love this kind of thing, the actual way the people that create dictionaries place the text. And because I am dyslectic I have always had to have a dictionary about. Over the years I keep adding to that stack, lots of old ones purchased at rummage sales, flea markets and library sales.