1 (beaten) path, way, footpath, route, way, track, course:
There is a well-worn trail through the wood.
2 track, spoor, scent, smell, trace, footsteps, footprints, path, wake:
The trail of the elephant herd was quite easy to follow.
She was always followed by a trail of admirers.
4 tow, draw, drag (along), haul, pull, tag along, trawl, bring along (behind), carry along (behind):
We were moving slowly because we were trailing a dinghy.
5 drag, pull, move, be drawn, stream, sweep, dangle:
I heard the whisper of silken gowns trailing across Persian carpets.
6 lag (behind), dawdle, loiter, linger, follow, straggle, bring up the rear, hang back, fall or drop behind:
Our team was trailing three-five in the final.
7 follow, pursue, dog, trace, shadow, stalk, track, chase, hunt, Colloq tail:
We trailed the suspect to Victoria Station, where we lost him.
8 trail off or away. diminish, decrease, fade away or out, disappear, dwindle, lessen, die out or away, peter out, subside, taper off, weaken, grow faint or dim:
As they drove away, the noise of their blasting radio trailed off.