Trial vs Trace - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between trial and trace

is that trial is to carry out a series of tests on (a new product, procedure etc) before marketing or implementing it while trace is .

As a noun trial

is an opportunity to test something out; a test.

As an adjective trial

is pertaining to a trial or test or trial can be characterized by having three (usually equivalent) components.

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) trial, from . More at try.


(wikipedia trial) (en noun)
  • an opportunity to test something out; a test.
  • They will perform the trials for the new equipment next week.
  • appearance at judicial court.
  • a difficult or annoying experience
  • That boy was a trial to his parents


  • Pertaining to a trial or test.
  • Attempted on a provisional or experimental basis.
  • Verb

  • To carry out a series of tests on (a new product, procedure etc.) before marketing or implementing it.
  • The warning system was extensively trialed before being fitted to all our vehicles.
  • To try out (a new player) in a sports team.
  • The team trialled a new young goalkeeper in Saturday's match, with mixed results.

    Derived terms

    * put on trial * trial and error * trial by combat * trial by fire * trial balloon * triality

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) trialis, an adjective formed from .


  • Characterized by having three (usually equivalent) components.
  • Triple.
  • (grammar) pertaining to a language form referring to three of something, as people; contrast singular'', ''dual'' and ''plural .
  • No language has a trial number unless it has a dual.

    See also




    (wikipedia trace)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) trace, traas, from (etyl) , from the verb (see below).


    (en noun)
  • An act of tracing.
  • A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal.
  • A very small amount.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.}}
  • (electronics) An electric current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board.
  • An informal road or prominent path in an arid area.
  • One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whippletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
  • (fortification) The ground plan of a work or works.
  • The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
  • (mathematics) The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix.
  • Derived terms
    * downtrace, uptrace
    * (mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal) track, trail * (small amount) see also .

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) tracen, from (etyl) tracer, .


  • To follow the trail of.
  • * Milton
  • I feel thy power to trace the ways / Of highest agents.
  • To follow the history of.
  • * T. Burnet
  • You may trace the deluge quite round the globe.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=July 19 , author=Ella Davies , title=Sticks insects survive one million years without sex , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=They traced the ancient lineages of two species to reveal the insects' lengthy history of asexual reproduction.}}
  • To draw or sketch lightly or with care.
  • He carefully traced the outlines of the old building before him.
  • To copy onto a sheet of paper superimposed over the original, by drawing over its lines.
  • (obsolete) To copy; to imitate.
  • * Denham
  • That servile path thou nobly dost decline, / Of tracing word, and line by line.
  • (obsolete) To walk; to go; to travel.
  • * Spenser
  • Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace .
  • (obsolete) To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
  • * Shakespeare
  • We do trace this alley up and down.


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