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Trail appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Tricky Tristan tracked a trail of tiny turtles.
    How many tiny turtles did Tricky Tristan track?
    Tricky Tristan tracked twenty two tiny turtles;
    that's how many tiny turtles tricky Tristan tracked.

Trail appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • May a liar trot, or trail a yam?
  • No spoor trail alerts a wastrel: a liar troops on.
  • "I let one man I’d named as a liar trek," I hailed Eli, "A hiker trail as a demand I name not Eli!"
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun trail:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb trail:


Trail is sometimes a misspelling of trial or triumph.

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Definition of the noun trail

What does trail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: trails

  1. a track or mark left by something that has passed
    • examples: there as a trail of blood | a tear left its trail on her cheek
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic words: course / path / track = a line or route along which something travels or moves
    • more specific words:
      • slot = the trail of an animal
      • spoor = the trail left by a person or an animal
  2. a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
  3. evidence pointing to a possible solution
    • example: the trail led straight to the perpetrator
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of trail: lead / track
    • more generic words: evidence / grounds = your basis for belief or disbelief

Alternative definition of the noun trail


  1. The track or indication marking the route followed by something that has passed, such as the footprints of animal on land or the contrail of an airplane in the sky.
  2. A route for travel over land, especially a narrow, unpaved pathway for use by hikers, horseback riders, etc.
  3. A trailer broadcast on television for a forthcoming film or programme.

Specialised definition of the noun trail

Glossary of sports

a path or track (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / bowls

the jack a bowler trails the jack when a bowl in motion hits it flush and moves it away in the same direction as the path of the bowl (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb trail

What does trail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: trailed | trailing | trails

  1. to lag or linger behind
  2. go after with the intent to catch
    • example: They trail the car down the avenue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jackie accompanied Rose | Jackie chased the thief
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Spatial Preposition] [Location]Jackie chased the thief down the street
      [Agent - being] [Verb] after [Theme]Jackie chased after the thief

      Verbs of Motion (with the same syntax): chase, follow, pursue, shadow, tail, track.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of trail: chase / chase after / dog / give chase / go after / tag / tail / track
    • more generic words: follow / pursue = follow in or as if in pursuit
    • more specific terms:
  3. move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly
    • examples: John trailed behind his class mates | The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of trail: shack
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
  4. hang down so as to drag along the ground
    • example: The bride's veiled trailed along the ground
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
  5. drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground
    • example: The toddler was trailing his pants
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of trail: train
    • more generic word: drag = pull, as against a resistance

Alternative definition of the verb trail


  1. [transitive] To follow behind (someone or something); to tail (someone or something).
  2. [transitive] To drag (something) behind on the ground.
  3. [transitive] To leave (a trail of).
  4. [transitive] To show a trailer of (a film, TV show etc.); to release or publish a preview of (a report etc.) in advance of the full publication.


  1. Trail is a city in the West Kootenay region of the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It was named after the Dewdney Trail, which passed through the area.
  2. Trail is a city in Polk County, Minnesota, United States. It is part of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 46 at the 2010 census.
  3. Trail a.k.a. Trail, Oregon: Trail is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office with a ZIP code of 97541. Trail lies at the intersection of Oregon Route 227 and Oregon Route 62, just north of Shady Cove and west of Lost Creek Lake, which is a reservoir of the Rogue River. Trail is located around the mouth of Trail Creek at the Rogue River.
  4. Trail, Missouri is an unincorporated community in northern Ozark County. It is located about twenty-two miles northeast of Gainesville. Access is from Missouri Route 14 in Douglas County south via route AC. The village site is located adjacent to Trail Creek. Trail Creek flows into Bryant Creek about one mile to the southwest. The Trail cemetery lies about a mile to the northeast along Trail Creek.

There are other places with in their name, like Deer Trail, Banff Trail, Bruce Trail, Cabot Trail, Camel Trail, River Trail, Tarka Trail, Glassy Trail, Heysen Trail, Indian Trail, Mohawk Trail, Monsal Trail, Oregon Trail, Seaway Trail, Arizona Trail, Bozeman Trail, Freedom Trail.


  1. Trail is a musical group.
  2. Trail a.k.a. Trial is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Jet Trail, Witch Trail, Future Trail, Sunset Trail, Gilmore Trail, Whiskey Trail, A Cosmic Trail, Mushroom Trail, The Trail Band, Trail of Tears, The Maple Trail, Trail of Murder, The Kissaway Trail and The Loveless and Goodnight Trail.


Trail is a fictional character from the 2009 film House Broken.


"Trail" is a musical album of Jimmy LaFave.

  • released on (16 years ago)


"TRAIL" is an indie film directed by 波田野 州平.

  • country: Japan
  • language: Japanese Language
  • director: 波田野 州平
  • genre: Indie film
  • rating: G
  • released on


  1. TRAIL: In the field of cell biology, TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand, is a protein functioning as a ligand that induces the process of cell death called apoptosis.
  2. Trail is a competitive class at horse shows where horses and riders in western-style attire and horse tack navigate a series of obstacles. Contestants ride the course one at a time. Originally designed to resemble situations a horse and rider might actually encounter when on a trail in a natural habitat, modern trail classes now tend to focus more heavily on agility and manners, with courses bearing very little resemblance to real-world natural trails.
  3. Trail a.k.a. Tnfsf10 is a protein.
  4. Trail is a canonical version, musical recording.

Phrases with Trail

Phrases starting with the word Trail:

  1. Trail mix
  2. trail bike
  3. trail boss
  4. trail head
  5. trail riding

Phrases ending with the word Trail:

  1. ski trail
  2. deer trail
  3. star trail
  4. Audit trail
  5. horse-trail
  6. paper trail
  7. Vapor Trail
  8. cattle trail
  9. Hippie trail
  10. indian trail
  11. Vapour Trail
  12. Blaze a Trail
  13. Hit the Trail
  14. chisholm trail
  15. iditarod trail

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Trail

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Google previewRock Mining -- Freshwater Lakebelt Plan, Miami-Dade County, Programmatic EIS (2000)

Environmental Impact Statement

The Lake Belt Trail is a 31-mile non-motorized, multiuse path occupying the Dade-Broward Levee and the FPL easement.

Google previewMoving to the Mountains (2014)

Your Guide to Retiring or Relocating to Asheville and the North Carolina Mountains by Lan Sluder

Andrews Bald Trail is a moderate 3.5-mile roundtrip hike starting at the parking lot of Clingmans Dome. At the grassy...

Oconaluftee River Trail is an easy 3-mile mostly level walk beginning at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center near Cherokee.

Google previewExploring the Black Hills and Badlands (1999)

by Hiram Rogers

The Dutchman Loop Trail is a 1.25-mile circuit from the campground on Deerfield Lake. The Pioneer Discovery Trail is a 0.2-mile wheelchair accessible trail that starts from the entrance of the Sheridan Lake Campground. The Veterans Point ...

Google previewRace Tech's Motorcycle Suspension Bible (2010)

by Paul Thede, Lee Parks

Trail is a measurement of the length of the lever arm that provides the self- centering torque on the front wheel. total...

Google previewLet's Go Pacific Northwest Adventure 1st Edition (2004)

by Let's Go Inc.

Imus Creek Trail is an interpretive hike that offers great views of the lake, starting behind the Golden West Visitor Center...

Google previewCultivating Rural Amenities An Economic Development Perspective (1999)

An Economic Development Perspective by OECD

The border trail is a tentative to make use ofamenities as a means for sustainable economic development in a region whose economic resources are otherwise rather restricted. The border trail is an idea that is quite new for the Swiss.

Google previewThe Best Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains (1997)

by James Andrews, Kenneth Wise

The Lakeshore Trail is a Park Service innovation, pieced together from disused roadways, old manways, newly graded trail, and...

Google previewBest Hikes with Dogs Texas Hill Country and Coast (2006)

by Melissa Gaskill

The Beech Woods Trail is a 1-mile loop in the Beech Creek Unit, and the Big Sandy Creek Horse/Bike Trail is the longest at 18 miles and crosses upland pine forests and beech/magnolia/loblolly pine slopes as well as a floodplain forest.

Google previewMoon Spotlight Lake Superior's North Shore & the Boundary Waters (2013)

by Tricia Cornell

The six-mile Brule Lake trail is a little-used alternate route to the summit starting to the west on Forest Road 326.

The daniels Lake trail is an easy 1.5-mile round-trip stroll from near the end of County Highway 66 to the shore of its namesake lake.

Google previewGrand Mesa/Uncompahgre/Gunnison National Forest (N.F.)s, Oil and Gas Leasing (1993)

Environmental Impact Statement

The Crag Crest National Recreation Trail is a 10 mile loop trail offering many scenic vistas and a unique display of geologic history on the Grand Mesa. It includes one trailhead (50 PAOT), two campgrounds (85 PAOT), and one boat ramp (25 ...

Google previewBeaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (N.F.), Whitetail-Pipestone Travel Management (2008)

Environmental Impact Statement

The Wilson Creek trail is a single-track trail open to motorized use that is in poor shape, thus use is light by advanced motorcyclists. o The Spring Creek trail is the historic road into the upper Whitetail area. Lack of maintenance has caused ...

Google previewEcstatic Trails (2002)

The 52 Best Day Hikes and Nature Walks In and Around Los Angeles by Rob Campbell

The Sturtevant Trail is the one you'll take back down to Chantry Flat. For now, stop and have a picnic. The astronomical museum that you pass is open only on weekends from one RM. to four P.M. Continue on the paved road past the solar ...

Google previewHiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (2012)

A Guide to the Parks' Greatest Hiking Adventures by Erik Molvar

Trail leaves boardwalk and crosses Avalanche Creek. Junction with Avalanche Creek Trail. Turn left for Avalanche Lake. 2.3 Avalanche Lake (foot). 3.1 Avalanche Lake (head). Additional Hikes The Huckleberry Fire Trail is a self- guiding ...

Google previewThe Best Places for Everything (2012)

The Ultimate Insider's Guide to the Greatest Experiences Around the World by Peter Greenberg

The Fletcher Canyon trail is an easy option for any age, stretching nearly 2 miles one way at a gentle elevation. Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is an exceptionally familyfriendly destination, with junior ranger programs, nature ...

Google previewRail-Trails Southeast (2007)

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

n northeast Alabama, the nearly 33-mile Chief Ladiga Trail is a regional playground that passes through welcoming towns and pastoral landscapes. Following a former CSX railroad corridor, the rail-trail is named for the Creek Indian leader ...

Google previewBritannica Student Encyclopedia (2014)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

The Oregon Trail began in the U.S. state of Missouri and ended in what is now Oregon. Baseball great Satchel Paige entered the major leagues in 1948, ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 16: Sports and Recreation by Harvey H. Jackson III

Appalachian Trail The Appalachian Trail, a 2,178-mile footpath traversing the mountains from Maine to Georgia,

Often referred to as the longest and skinniest National Park, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) crosses 14 states and more than 60 ...

Google previewThe Horse-Lover's Encyclopedia (2017)

A-Z Guide - Barrel Racing, Breeds, Cinch, Cowboy Curtain, Dressage, Driving, Foaling, Gaits, Grooming, Legging Up, Mustang, Piebald, Reining, Snaffle Bits, Steeple-Chasing, Tail Braiding, Trail Riding, English and Western, and So Much More by Jessie Haas

A-Z Guide - Barrel Racing, Breeds, Cinch, Cowboy Curtain, Dressage, Driving, Foaling, Gaits, Grooming, Legging Up, Mustang, Piebald, Reining, Snaffle Bits, Steeple-Chasing, Tail Braiding, Trail Riding, English and Western, and So Much ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Indian History [4 volumes] (2007)

by Bruce E. Johansen, Barry M. Pritzker

In 1987, more than 150 years after ratification of the Treaty of New Echota, Congress commemorated Cherokee removal by designating the Trail of Tears a national historic trail. Jennifer L. Bertolet See also Cherokee Nation v. Georgia; Indian ...

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Small photo of Foggy Trail, Appalachian Trail, A Dirt Path Through Morning FogSmall photo of Trail Marker and Trail through ForestSmall photo of Trail Marker SignSmall photo of trail runner woman running at great wall on the top of mountainSmall photo of Freedom Trail Begin at Bunker HillSmall photo of Trail running of shipSmall photo of The Skyline Trail in Cape Breton More...

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Quotes about Trail

Having been to Europe and working and traveling there, the restaurants my wife and I remember were always off the beaten trail restaurants. So I tried to seek a little 'off the beaten trail,' but cool area. (Todd English)
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Scrabble value of T1R1A1I1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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