Definición de trail en inglés:


Saltos de línea: trail
Pronunciación: /treɪl


  • 3A beaten path through the countryside: country parks with nature trails easy waymarked trails for the casual walker
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    • This may be enough for some, but if you wish to capture hidden aspects of the place you will be visiting you might want to get off the beaten trail.
    • There was no road here, only a trail of beaten earth, and his horse's hooves fell with a dull, muffled sound.
    • The cross-country ski trails are just that - with virtually no warming lodges, ski lessons, or rental equipment.
    path, beaten path, pathway, way, footpath, track, course, road, route
  • 3.1A route followed for a particular purpose: the hotel is well off the tourist trail
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    • With him will be the Vietnam veterans, the rock stars and the celebrities who have followed the campaign trail for months.
    • Even when unashamedly following the tourist trail, though, it is often better to take the more adventurous options.
    • He followed him on the campaign trail earlier this year also.
  • 3.2 (also ski trail) North American A downhill ski run or cross-country ski route: this steep trail is as firm as off-piste spring snow
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    • Getting out onto a well-lit ski trail is one of the most pleasurable additions to cross-country skiing in recent years.
    • It doubles as a cross-country ski trail in the winter.
    • Less far-reaching but no less grand, in 1982 two men with a love of Nordic skiing and a good bottle of wine hit upon the self-evident truth that Vermont needed a state-wide ski trail.
  • 4A trailer for a film or broadcast: a recent television trail for ‘The Bill’
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    • It will feature on-air trails on television and radio and, for the first time, an off-air poster campaign.
    • Strikingly, the television trails feature no voices and the thoughts of individuals reacting to scenes around them are represented by words on screen.
    • The campaign will also appear - in Arabic and English - on major and specialised online sites, and on Arabic radio trails across the Arab world.
  • 5The rear end of a gun carriage, resting or sliding on the ground when the gun is unlimbered.


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  • 1 [with adverbial] Draw or be drawn along behind someone or something: [with object]: Alex trailed a hand through the clear water [no object]: her robe trailed along the ground
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    • Obviously harassed, the young woman walked off, the man still talking in the same vein, trailing along behind her.
    • I sighed as Pitcher waddled along, trailing slightly behind the others sometimes rushing to catch them up.
    • Alternately, it doesn't hurt to find someone smoking tea-leaves and trail along behind them.
    drag, sweep, be drawn, draw, stream, dangle, hang (down), tow, droop
    archaic depend
  • 1.1 [no object] (Typically of a plant) grow or hang over the edge of something or along the ground: the roses grew wild, their stems trailing over the banks
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    • I sailed on towards Wellington Harbour 70 miles away, saved only by the branches of a willow tree trailing mercifully within arm's reach.
    • Supported plants are also easier to protect from pests than plants trailing on the ground.
    • Vines trailing overhead and pot plants against the whitewashed walls add a Mediterranean feel.
  • 4 [no object] Be losing to an opponent in a game or contest: [with complement]: the defending champions were trailing 10—5 at half-time
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    • But it shouldn't mask the fact that when he was on a football pitch he was the supremo, the quick-footed star of the game who had tricks and skills to burn and opponents trailing in his slipstream.
    • They have been beatable in every game, trailing in the fourth quarter at home against Golden State and Washington.
    • It came down to the end of the game and we were trailing by one point.
    lose, be down, be behind, lag behind, fall behind, drop behind
  • 5 [with object] Give advance publicity to (a film, broadcast, or proposal): the bank’s plans have been extensively trailed
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    • For some strange reason the film was originally trailed as a sort of ‘teen slasher flick’ on US TV.
    • The programme had been trailed on screen for many weeks beforehand, leading many newspaper critics to accuse the broadcaster of ‘hype’.
    • Their six months of filming was distilled into a one hour programme trailed as ‘a damning catalogue of inefficiency, neglect and substandard treatment.’
    advertise, publicize, announce, proclaim; preview, show excerpts of, call attention to
    informal hype
  • 6 [with object] Apply (slip) through a nozzle or spout to decorate ceramic ware.


at the trail

Military With a rifle hanging balanced in one hand and (in Britain) parallel to the ground.

trail arms

Military Let a rifle hang balanced in one hand and (in Britain) parallel to the ground.
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  • When the order is given to trail arms, from the secure, it is done on that side, and with that hand which holds the rifle.
  • Whenever entering into the tunnel recruit units had to trail arms and sing ‘Anchor’s Aweigh’.
  • At twenty yards' distance the soldiers will be ordered to trail arms, advance with shouts, fire at five paces' distance, and charge bayonets.

trail one's coat

Deliberately provoke a quarrel or fight.
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  • She also trailed her coat in relation to an entirely new point in respect of which she wished to reserve her position, but which she did not argue before me.
  • We asked teachers all over the UK for their views and trailed our coats at innumerable meetings.
  • Not only has he chanced his hand, but he has sometimes trailed his coat.


Middle English (as a verb): from Old French traillier 'to tow', or Middle Low German treilen 'haul a boat', based on Latin tragula 'dragnet', from trahere 'to pull'. Compare with trawl. The noun originally denoted the train of a robe, later generalized to denote something trailing.

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