1. A track left by man or beast; a track followed by the hunter; a scent on the ground by the animal pursued; as, a deer trail. They traveled in the bed of the brook, leaving no dangerous trail. (Cooper) How cheerfully on the false trail they cry! (Shak)
5. Anything drawn along, as a vehicle.
7. The entrails of a fowl, especially of game, as the woodcock, and the like; applied also, sometimes, to the entrails of sheep. The woodcock is a favorite with epicures, and served with its trail in, is a delicious dish. (Baird)
both sides of the cutwater near the figurehead. Trail net, a net that is trailed or drawn behind a boat.
2. To draw or drag, as along the ground. And hung his head, and trailed his legs along. (Dryden) They shall not trail me through their streets Like a wild beast. (milton) Long behind he trails his pompous robe. (pope)
Origin: OE. Trailen, OF. Trailler to trail a deer, or hunt him upon a cold scent, also, to hunt or pursue him with a limehound, F. Trailler to trail a fishing line; probably from a derivative of L. Trahere to draw; cf. L. Traha a drag, sledge, tragula a kind of drag net, a small sledge, Sp. Trailla a leash, an instrument for leveling the ground, D. Treilen to draw with a rope, to tow, treil a rope for drawing a boat. See Trace.