3. Mournful; expressive of tragedy, the loss of life, or of sorrow.
Why look you still so stern and tragical ?Shak.
Trag"ic*al*ly, adv. Trag"ic*al*ness, n.
1. A writer of tragedy. [Obs.]
2. A tragedy; a tragic drama. [Obs.]
(Trag`i-com"e*dy) n. [Cf. F. tragicomédie, L. tragicocomoedia. See Tragic, and Comedy.]
A kind of drama representing some action in which serious and comic scenes are blended; a composition
partaking of the nature both of tragedy and comedy.
The noble tragi-comedy of "Measure for Measure."Macaulay.
(Trag`i-com"ic Trag`i-com"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. tragi-comique.] Of or pertaining to tragi-comedy; partaking
of grave and comic scenes. Trag`- com"ic*al*ly, adv.
Julian felt toward him that tragi-comic sensation which makes us pity the object which excites it not the
less that we are somewhat inclined to laugh amid our sympathy.Sir W. Scott.
(Trag`i-com`i-pas"tor*al) a. Partaking of the nature of, or combining, tragedy, comedy,
and pastoral poetry. [R.] Gay.
(Trag"o*pan) n. [NL., fr. L. tragopan a fabulous Ethiopian bird, Gr. .] (Zoöl.) Any one of
several species of Asiatic pheasants of the genus Ceriornis. They are brilliantly colored with a variety
of tints, the back and breast are usually covered with white or buff ocelli, and the head is ornamented
with two bright-colored, fleshy wattles. The crimson tragopan, or horned pheasant of India is one of the
(||Tra"gus) n. [NL., fr. Gr. a part of the inner ear.] (Anat.) The prominence in front of the external
opening of the ear. See Illust. under Ear.
(T" rail`) See under T.
(Trail) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trailed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Trailing.] [OE. trailen, OF. trailler to trail a
deer, or hunt him upon a cold scent, also, to hunt or pursue him with a limehound, F. trailler to trail a
fishing line; probably from a derivative of L. trahere to draw; cf. L. traha a drag, sledge, tragula a kind
of drag net, a small sledge, Sp. trailla a leash, an instrument for leveling the ground, D. treilen to draw
with a rope, to tow, treil a rope for drawing a boat. See Trace, v. t.]
1. To hunt by the track; to track. Halliwell.
2. To draw or drag, as along the ground.
And hung his head, and trailed his legs along.Dryden.
They shall not trail me through their streetsMilton.
Like a wild beast.
Long behind he trails his pompous robe.Pope.
3. (Mil.) To carry, as a firearm, with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward,
the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.