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Webster 1913 Edition


Trailing

Trail′ing

,
Adj.
&
vb.
Noun.
from
Trail
.
Trailing arbutus
.
(Bot.)
See under
Arbutus
.
Trailing spring
,
a spring fixed in the axle box of the trailing wheels of a locomotive engine, and so placed as to assist in deadening any shock which may occur.
Weale.
Trailing wheel
,
a hind wheel of a locomotive when it is not a driving wheel; also, one of the hind wheels of a carriage.

Webster 1828 Edition


Trailing

TRA'ILING

,
ppr.
Hunting by the track; drawing on the ground; trading down; laying flat; bringing to a lower position; drawing out in length.
Since men of foot whose broad-set backs their trailing hair did hide.

Definition 2022


trailing

trailing

English

Adjective

trailing (not comparable)

  1. (rail transport, of points and crossovers) That converges in the direction of travel.

Antonyms

Derived terms

Verb

trailing

  1. present participle of trail

Noun

trailing (plural trailings)

  1. Fabric or other material that trails.
    • Mary E. Wilkins, The Portion of Labor
      [] their roots, projecting in fibrous sprawls from their trunks, were their feet, and she pictured them advancing with wide trailings, and rustlings as of green draperies []
    • 2010, Regina S. Baraban, Joseph F. Durocher, Successful Restaurant Design
      All too often, the spout of a soap dispenser rests over the counter and leaves trailings of soap that must be wiped up frequently if a clean appearance is to be maintained.

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