from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more.
- n. Biology A rudimentary or degenerate, usually nonfunctioning, structure that is the remnant of an organ or part that was fully developed or functioning in a preceding generation or an earlier stage of development.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign;
- n. A faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains.
- n. a vestigial organ; a non-functional organ or body part that was once functional in an evolutionary ancestor
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A small, degenerate, or imperfectly developed part or organ which has been more fully developed in some past generation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A footprint; a footstep; a track; a trace; hence, a mark, impression, or appearance of something which is no longer present or in existence; a sensible evidence or visible sign of something absent, lost, or perished; remains of something passed away.
- n. In biology, any vestigial organ or tissue, having little or no utility, but corresponding to a useful part existing in some lower animal. See vestigial and rudiment, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an indication that something has been present
French, from Old French, from Latin vestīgium.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin vestigium ("footstep, footprint, track, the sole of the foot, a trace, mark"). (Wiktionary)