Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun trail

3 senses of trail

Sense 1
trail -- (a track or mark left by something that has passed; "there as a trail of blood"; "a tear left its trail on her cheek")
       => path, track, course -- (a line or route along which something travels or moves; "the hurricane demolished houses in its path"; "the track of an animal"; "the course of the river")

Sense 2
trail -- (a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country)
       => track, cart track, cartroad -- (any road or path affording passage especially a rough one)

Sense 3
lead, track, trail -- (evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator")
       => evidence, grounds -- (your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief; "the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb trail

5 senses of trail

Sense 1
drag, trail, get behind, hang back, drop behind, drop back -- (to lag or linger behind; "But in so many other areas we still are dragging")
       => lag, dawdle, fall back, fall behind -- (hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.)

Sense 2
chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track -- (go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit")
       => pursue, follow -- (follow in or as if in pursuit; "The police car pursued the suspected attacker"; "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life")

Sense 3
trail, shack -- (move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly; "John trailed behind his class mates"; "The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart")
       => travel, go, move, locomote -- (change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast")

Sense 4
trail -- (hang down so as to drag along the ground; "The bride's veiled trailed along the ground")

Sense 5
trail, train -- (drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground; "The toddler was trailing his pants"; "She trained her long scarf behind her")
       => drag -- (pull, as against a resistance; "He dragged the big suitcase behind him"; "These worries were dragging at him")

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