Trail vs Dangle - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between trail and dangle

is that trail is (label) to follow behind (someone or something); to tail (someone or something) while dangle is to hang loosely with the ability to swing.

As nouns the difference between trail and dangle

is that trail is the track or indication marking the route followed by something that has passed, such as the footprints of animal on land or the contrail of an airplane in the sky while dangle is an agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.

trail

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • (label) To follow behind (someone or something); to tail (someone or something).
  • (label) To drag (something) behind on the ground.
  • * 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
  • "I saw your brother—I saw your brother," he said, nodding his head, as Archer lagged past him, trailing his spade, and scowling at the old gentleman in spectacles.
  • (label) To leave (a trail of).
  • (label) To show a trailer of (a film, TV show etc.); to release or publish a preview of (a report etc.) in advance of the full publication.
  • To be losing, to be behind in a competition.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 29, author=Keith Jackson, work=Daily Record
  • , title= SPL: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 , passage=Neil Lennon and his players have, in almost no time at all, roared back from trailing Rangers by 15 points in November to ending the year two points clear.}}
  • (label) To carry (a firearm) with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.
  • To flatten (grass, etc.) by walking through it; to tread down.
  • (Longfellow)
  • (label) To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.
  • * (1816-1855)
  • I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly termed) trailing Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her ignorance.

    Derived terms

    * trailer * trail off

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The track or indication marking the route followed by something that has passed, such as the footprints of animal on land or the contrail of an airplane in the sky.
  • A route for travel over land, especially a narrow, unpaved pathway for use by hikers, horseback riders, etc.
  • A trailer broadcast on television for a forthcoming film or programme.
  • Synonyms

    * (track of an animal) spoor, sign * (route for travel over land) dirt track, footpath, path, track

    Derived terms

    * condensation trail, contrail * paper trail * sawdust trail * star trail * trail bike * trailblazer (see blazer) * trailblazing * trail mix * vapo(u)r trail

    See also

    * path * track

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    dangle

    English

    Verb

    (dangl)
  • to hang loosely with the ability to swing
  • * Hudibras
  • He'd rather on a gibbet dangle / Than miss his dear delight, to wrangle.
  • * Tennyson
  • From her lifted hand / Dangled a length of ribbon.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.}}
  • (intransitive, slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of performing a move or deke with the puck in order to get past a defender or goalie; perhaps because of the resemblance to dangling the puck on a string.
  • To hang or trail something loosely.
  • To trail or follow around.
  • * 1833 , Miller's Modern Acting Drama
  • To dangle at the elbow of a wench who can't make up her mind to accept the common title of wife, till she has been courted a certain number of weeks — so the old blinker, her father, says.

    Noun

    (wikipedia dangle) (en noun)
  • An agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.
  • (slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of dangling; a series of complex stick tricks and fakes in order to defeat the defender in style.
  • That was a sick dangle for a great goal!
  • A dangling ornament or decoration.
  • * 1941 , Flora Thompson, Over to Candleford
  • So her father wrote to Mrs. Herring, and one day she arrived and turned out to be a little, lean old lady with a dark brown mole on one leathery cheek and wearing a black bonnet decorated with jet dangles , like tiny fishing rods.

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