1. a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

    Synonyms : sturm und drang, upheaval
    Type Of : disorder
    Examples :
    • the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence
  2. unstable flow of a liquid or gas

    Synonyms : turbulency
    Type Of : physical phenomenon
  3. instability in the atmosphere

    Type Of : inclemency, bad weather, inclementness


  1. to go back over again

    Synonyms : retrace
    Type Of : return
    Examples :
    • we retraced the route we took last summer
    • trace your path
  2. a suggestion of some quality

    Synonyms : ghost, touch
    Type Of : suggestion, proffer, proposition
  3. a just detectable amount

    Synonyms : hint, suggestion, tint
    Type Of : small indefinite quantity, small indefinite amount
    Examples :
    • he speaks French with a trace of an accent
  4. make a mark or lines on a surface

    Synonyms : delineate, describe, draw, line
    Type Of : mark
    Examples :
    • trace the outline of a figure in the sand
  5. pursue or chase relentlessly

    Synonyms : hound, hunt
    Type Of : go after, chase after, trail, give chase, dog, chase, tag, tail, track
    Examples :
    • The hunters traced the deer into the woods
  6. an indication that something has been present

    Synonyms : shadow, tincture, vestige
    Type Of : indicant, indication
    Examples :
    • there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim
  7. follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

    Synonyms : follow
    Type Of : study, analyse, analyze, canvass, examine
    Examples :
    • trace the student's progress
    • trace one's ancestry
  8. read with difficulty

    Synonyms : decipher
    Type Of : read
    Examples :
    • The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs
  9. a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image

    Synonyms : tracing
    Type Of : drawing
  10. a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle

    Type Of : print, mark
  11. copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of

    Type Of : re-create, copy
    Examples :
    • trace a design
    • trace a pattern
  12. discover traces of

    Type Of : notice, discover, detect, observe, find
    Examples :
    • She traced the circumstances of her birth
  13. either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree

    Type Of : line
  14. make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along

    Type Of : continue, go forward, proceed
    Examples :
    • The children traced along the edge of the dark forest
    • The women traced the pasture


  1. a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

    Type Of : attribute


  1. cooking to a brown crispiness over a fire or on a grill

    Synonyms : browning
    Type Of : cookery, cooking, preparation
    Examples :
    • proper toasting should brown both sides of a piece of bread


  1. The plural of he, she, or it. They is never used adjectively, but always as a pronoun proper, and sometimes refers to persons without an antecedent expressed.


  1. relating to or associated with heat

    Synonyms : caloric, thermal
    Examples :
    • thermic energy


  1. small friedcake formed into twisted strips and fried; richer than doughnuts

    Synonyms : cruller
    Type Of : friedcake
  2. a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground

    Synonyms : tornado
    Type Of : cyclone


  1. darkened by clouds

    Synonyms : heavy, lowering, sullen
  2. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

    Synonyms : baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister
    Examples :
    • his threatening behavior


  1. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

    Synonyms : beat, beat out, crush, shell, vanquish
    Type Of : get the better of, defeat, overcome
  2. beat severely with a whip or rod

    Synonyms : flog, lash, lather, slash, strap, welt, whip
    Type Of : work over, beat, beat up
    Examples :
    • The children were severely trounced
  3. censure severely or angrily

    Synonyms : bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, scold, take to task
    Type Of : criticize, criticise, knock, pick apart


  1. a poisonous substance produced during the metabolism and growth of certain microorganisms and some higher plant and animal species

    Type Of : poisonous substance, toxicant, poison