AskDefine | Define trailing

Dictionary Definition

trailing adj : having the lower score or lagging position in a contest; "behind by two points"; "the 8th inning found the home team trailing" [syn: behind(p)] n : the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or marks they left behind [syn: tracking]

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  1. rail transport of points and crossovers to converge in the direction of travel


Derived terms


  1. present participle of trail

Extensive Definition

Trailing is a term used to describe the practice of writing poetry, where one person begins a poem and another person writes the second line, a third person the third, and so on. It is thought to have originated in the French Enlightenment when intellectuals used to trail for amusement at parties. It has largely been lost as a practice, although there are still groups that promote modern day trailing in various clubs and on a number of internet sites.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bugging, chase, chasing, cloak-and-dagger work, consecutive, counterespionage, counterintelligence, dogging, electronic surveillance, espial, espionage, follow, follow-up, following, heeling, hounding, hue and cry, hunting, intelligence, intelligence work, military intelligence, observation, prosecution, pursual, pursuance, pursuing, pursuit, quest, searching, secret police, secret service, seeking, sequel, sequence, series, shadowing, spying, stakeout, stalking, succeeding, surveillance, tailing, tracking, tracking down, wiretap, wiretapping
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