2 she traced a pattern in the sand with her toe
draw, outline, mark, sketch
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trace, remnant, track, trail, vestige
You can follow the track of a deer in the snow, the trace of a sleigh, or the trail of someone who has just cut down a Christmas tree and is dragging it back to the car. A track is a line or a series of marks left by the passage of something or someone; it often refers specifically to a line of footprints or a path worn into the ground by the feet ( to follow the track of a grizzly bear). Trace may refer to a line or a rut made by someone or something that has been present or passed by; it may also refer to a mark serving as evidence that something has happened or been there ( traces of mud throughout the house; the telephoto shots have a trace of camera shake). Trail may refer to the track created by the passage of animals or people, or to the mark or marks left by something being dragged along a surface ( they followed the trail of the injured dog). Vestige and remnant come closer in meaning to trace, as they refer to what remains after something has passed away. A vestige is always slight when compared to what it recalls ( the last vestiges of a great civilization), while a remnant is a fragment or scrap of something ( all that remained of the historic tapestry after the fire were a few scorched remnants).