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Pronunciation: /treɪl/

Translation of trail in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (left by animal, person) huellas (feminine plural), rastro (masculine); (of comet) cola (feminine); (of dust) estela (feminine); (of blood) reguero (masculine) the storms left a trail of destruction las tormentas destruyeron or arrasaron todo a su paso, las tormentas dejaron una estela de estragos a su paso he left a trail of litter/debts behind him dejó un reguero de basura/deudas tras de sí to be on the trail of sb/sth seguir* la pista de algn/algo, seguirle* la pista a algn/algo to be hot o hard on the trail of sb/sth estar* sobre la pista de algn/algo to put/throw sb off his/her/the trail despistar a algn
    Example sentences
    • The place where the terrorists executed the men on the first day is still marked by trails of dry blood.
    • Seth grew absolutely still as she stomped off, blood marking her trail in tiny drops.
    • On the doorknob was a bloody hand print, there was also a trail of drag marks lagging behind it.
    Example sentences
    • In a drag hunt, a field master leads a team on horseback, guided by foxhounds on the trail of an animal scent.
    • Alexander does it on foot, following meandering game trails and tracking the animals.
    • They were always scavenging for the latest hint of gossip as if they were ravenous animals on the trail of a wounded deer.
    Example sentences
    • As the fires and pumps began to burn off the remaining water within him, a thin trail of smoke exited his nostrils.
    • And he was sure that he was just starting to see the thin trails of smoke from his community's cook-fires.
    • The cigarette dangled from the corner of her red-smudged lips, its burnt and ashy tip sending up thin trails of smoke into the already stuffy air.
    1.2 (path) sendero (masculine), senda (feminine) scenic trail sendero (masculine) panorámico, senda (feminine) panorámica to be on the victory trail ir* camino de la victoria to be on the campaign trail estar* en la campaña electoral to blaze a trail abrir* brecha (lit) marcar* un sendero
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (drag) [towel/rope] arrastrar she sat in the boat, trailing her fingers through the water iba en el bote, dejando que sus dedos dibujaran surcos en el agua 1.2 (deposit) they trailed mud all over the house dejaron toda la casa llena de barro a su paso
  • 2 2.1 (follow) [person/animal/vehicle] seguir* la pista de, seguirle* la pista a, rastrear he was being trailed by a detective un detective le seguía la pista 2.2 (lag behind) [opponent/leader] ir* a la zaga de we trailed them by six points nos llevaban seis puntos de ventaja

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (drag) arrastrar her skirt was trailing on the floor la falda le arrastraba por el suelo, iba arrastrando la falda por el suelo a long, trailing dress un vestido largo, con cola 1.2 (move in stream) smoke trailed from the car salía humo del coche
  • 2 2.1 (lag behind) [team/contender] ir* a la zaga he trailed behind in the early part of the race en la primera parte de la carrera iba rezagado or a la zaga 2.2 (walk wearily)[ andar con paso cansino, con desánimo etc ] we trailed around town all morning pateamos toda la mañana por el centro [colloquial/familiar] we trailed back home again nos volvimos a casa desanimados

Phrasal verbs

trail away

trail off verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
[voice/sound] irse* apagando; [speaker] callar

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