Vestige Ves"tige, n. [F., from L. vestigium footprint, trace, sign; the last part (-stigium) is probably akin to E. sty, v. i. Cf. {Investigate}.] 1. The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign; hence, a faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains; as, the vestiges of ancient magnificence in Palmyra; vestiges of former population. [1913 Webster]

What vestiges of liberty or property have they left? --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Ridicule has followed the vestiges of Truth, but never usurped her place. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

2. (Biol.) A small, degenerate, or imperfectly developed part or organ which has been more fully developed in some past generation. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Syn: Trace; mark; sign; token.

Usage: {Vestige}, {Trace}. These words agree in marking some indications of the past, but differ to some extent in their use and application. Vestige is used chiefly in a figurative sense, for the remains something long passed away; as, the vestiges of ancient times; vestiges of the creation. A trace is literally something drawn out in a line, and may be used in this its primary sense, or figuratively, to denote a sign or evidence left by something that has passed by, or ceased to exist. Vestige usually supposes some definite object of the past to be left behind; while a trace may be a mere indication that something has been present or is present; as, traces of former population; a trace of poison in a given substance. [1913 Webster]

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