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In a tragical manner; with fatal issue; mournfully; sorrowfully. The play ends tragically.


Fatality; mournfulness; sadness. We moralize the fable in the tragicalness of the event. Decay of Piety.

TRAG-I-COM'E-DY, n. [Fr. tragi-comedie; tragedy and comedy.]

A kind of dramatic piece representing some action passed among eminent persons, the event of which is not unhappy, in which serious and comic scenes are blended; a species of composition not now used, or held in little estimation. Cyc.


Pertaining to tragi-comedy; partaking of a mixture of grave and comic scenes.


In a tragi-comical manner.


  1. Track followed by the hunter; scent left on the ground by the animal pursued. How cheerfully on the false trail they cry. Shak.
  2. Any thing drawn to length; as, the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke. Dryden. When lightning shoots in glitt'ring trails along. Rowe.
  3. Any thing drawn behind in long undulations; a train. And drew behinds radiant trail of hair. Pope.
  4. The entrails of a fowl; applied sometimes to those of sheep. Smollet. Trail-boards, in ship-building, a term for the carved work between the cheeks of the head, at the heel of the figure. Cyc.

TRAIL, v.i.

To be drawn out in length. When his brother saw the red blood trail. Spenser.

TRAIL, v.t. [W. rhel, a flagging, a trailing; rhelyw, a trail; Sp. traillar, to level the ground; trailla, a leash, packthread, an instrument for leveling the ground; W. trail, a drawing over, a trail, a turn, as if from traigyl, a turn or revolution; treilliaw, to turn, to roll, to traverse, to dredge; Gaelic triallam, to go, to walk, (qu. travel;) Port. tralho, a fishing net, as if from drawing, L. traho; D. treillen, to draw, to tow; Norm. trailler, to search for. The Welsh seems to accord with troll; the others appear to be formed on drag, L. traho. Qu.]

  1. To hunt by the track. [See the Norman, supra.]
  2. To draw along the ground. Trail your pikes. And hung his head, and trail'd his legs along. Dryden. They shall not trail me through the streets / Like a wild beast. Milton. That long behind he trails his pompous robe. Pope.
  3. To lower; as, to trail arms.
  4. In America, to tread down grass by walking through; to lay flat; as, to trail grass.


Hunted by the tracks; laid flat; drawn along on the ground; brought to a lower position; as, trailed arms.


Hunting by the track; drawing on the ground; treading down; laying flat; bringing to a low position; drawing out in length. Since the flames pursu'd the trailing smoke. Dryden. Swift men of foot whose broad-set backs their trailing hair did hide. Chapman.


  1. Artifice; stratagem of enticement. Now to my charms, / And to my wily trains. Milton.
  2. Something drawn along behind, the end of a gown, &c.; as, the train of a gown or robe.
  3. The tail of a fowl. The train steers their flight, and turns their bodies, like the rudder of a ship. Ray.
  4. A retinue; a number of followers or attendants. My train are men of choice and rarest parts. Shak. The king's daughter with a lovely train. Addison.
  5. A series; a consecution or succession of connected things. Rivers now stream and draw their humid train. Milton. Other truths require a train of ideas placed in order. Locke. The train of ills our love would draw behind it. Addison.
  6. Process; regular method; course. Things are now in a train for settlement. If things were once in this train – our duty would take root in our nature. Swift.
  7. A company in order; a procession. Fairest of stars, last in the train of night. Milton.
  8. The number of beats which a watch makes in any certain time. Cyc.
  9. A line of gunpowder, laid to lead fire to a charge, or to a quantity intended for execution. Train of artillery, any number of cannon and mortars accompanying an army.

TRAIN, v.t. [Fr. trainer; It. trainare, tranare, to draw or drag; Sp. traina, a train of gunpowder. Qu. drain, or is it a contracted word, from L. traho, to draw?]

  1. To draw along. In hollow cube he train'd / His devilish enginery. Milton.
  2. To draw; to entice; to allure. If but twelve French / Were there in arms, they would be as a call / To train ten thousand English to their side. Shak.
  3. To draw by artifice or stratagem. O train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note. Shak.
  4. To draw from act to act by persuasion or promise. We did train him on. Shak.
  5. To exercise; to discipline; to teach and form by practice; as, to train the militia to the manual exercise; to train soldiers to the use of arms and to tactics. Abram armed his trained servants. Gen. xiv. The warrior horse here bred he's taught to train. Dryden.
  6. To break, tame and accustom to draw; as oxen.
  7. In gardening, to lead or direct and form to a wall or espalier; to form to a proper shape by growth, lopping or pruning; as, to train young trees.
  8. In mining, to trace a lode or any mineral appearance to its head. To train or train up, to educate; to teach; to form by instruction or practice; to bring up. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Prov. xxii. The first Christians were, by great hardships, trained up for glory. Tillotson.


That may be trained. [Little used.]

TRAIN-BAND, n. [train and band.]

A band or company of militia. Train-bands, in the plural, militia; so called because trained to military exercises.

TRAIN-BEAR-ER, n. [train and bearer.]

One who holds up a train.


Drawn; allured; educated; formed by instruction.


  1. The act or process of drawing or educating; education. In gardening, the operation or art of forming young trees to a wall or espalier, or of causing them to grow in a shape suitable for that end. Cyc.
  2. The disciplining of troops.


Drawing; alluring; educating; teaching and forming by practice.

TRAIN-OIL, n. [train and oil.]

The oil procured from the blubber or fat of whales by boiling. Cyc.

TRAIN-ROAD, n. [train and road.]

In mines, a slight railway for small wagons. Cyc.


Belonging to train-oil. [Not in use.] Gay.


To walk sluttishly or carelessly. [A low word.]

TRAIT, n. [Fr. trait, from traire, to draw; L. tractus. See Tract and Treat.]

  1. A stroke; a touch. By this single trait, Homer makes an essential difference between the Iliad and Odyssey. Broome.
  2. A line; a feature; as, a trait of character.

TRAIT-OR, n. [Fr. traître; Arm. treitre, treytor; Sp. traidor; from L. traditor; trado, to deliver.]

  1. One who violates his allegiance and betrays his country; one guilty of treason; one who, in breach of trust, delivers his country to its enemy, or any fort or place intrusted to his defense, or who surrenders an army or body of troops to the enemy, unless when vanquished; or one who takes arms and levies war against his country; or one who aids an enemy in conquering his country. [See Treason.]
  2. One who betrays his trust.


Treacherous. [Not in use.]