track

noun
\ ˈtrak \

Definition of track

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1 : a footprint whether recent or fossil the huge track of a dinosaur
2a : detectable evidence (such as the wake of a ship, a line of footprints, or a wheel rut) that something has passed
b : a path made by or as if by repeated footfalls : trail
c : a course laid out especially for racing
d : the parallel rails of a railroad
e(1) : material recorded especially on or as if on a track instrumental tracks a bonus commentary track on a DVD
(2) : one of a series of parallel or concentric paths along which material (such as music or information) is recorded (as on a phonograph record or magnetic tape)
(3) : a group of grooves on a phonograph record containing recorded sound
f : a usually metal way (such as a groove) serving as a guide (as for a movable lighting fixture)
3a : a sequence of events : a train of ideas : succession
b : an awareness of a fact, progression, or condition keep track of the costs lose track of the time
4 : track-and-field sports especially : those performed on a running track
5a : the course along which something moves or progresses
b : a way of life, conduct, or action
c : one of several curricula of study to which students are assigned according to their needs or levels of ability
d : the projection on the earth's surface of the path along which something (such as a missile or an airplane) has flown
6a : the width of a wheeled vehicle from wheel to wheel and usually from the outside of the rims
b : the tread of an automobile tire
c : either of two endless belts on which a tracklaying vehicle travels
in one's tracks
: where one stands or is at the moment : on the spot was stopped in his tracks
on track
: achieving or doing what is necessary or expected

track

verb
tracked; tracking; tracks

Definition of track (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to follow the tracks or traces of : trail
b : to search for by following evidence until found track down the source
2a : to follow by vestiges : trace
b : to observe or plot the moving path of (something, such as a spacecraft or missile) often instrumentally
3a : to carry (mud or other material) on the feet and deposit tracking mud into the kitchen
b : to make tracks upon
4 : to keep track of (something, such as a trend) : follow
5 : to travel over : traverse track a desert

intransitive verb

1 : travel a comet tracking eastward

2a of a pair of wheels

(1) : to maintain a constant distance apart on the straightaway
(2) : to fit a track or rails
b of a rear wheel of a vehicle : to follow accurately the corresponding fore wheel on a straightaway
c of a phonograph needle : to follow the groove undulations of a recording
3 : to leave tracks (as on a floor)

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Other Words from track

Noun

trackless \ ˈtrak-​ləs \ adjective

Verb

tracker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for track

Synonyms: Noun

imprint, trace, trail

Synonyms: Verb

bird-dog, chase, course, dog, follow, hound, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, trail

Antonyms: Verb

guide, lead, pilot

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Noun

trace, vestige, track mean a perceptible sign made by something that has passed. trace may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect. the killer left no traces vestige applies to a tangible reminder such as a fragment or remnant of what is past and gone. boulders that are vestiges of the last ice age track implies a continuous line that can be followed. the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs

Examples of track in a Sentence

Noun

Follow the track into the forest. The train to Chicago will leave track 3.

Verb

He tracked the deer for a mile. The detectives tracked the killer to Arizona. The ship can track incoming missiles with radar. Meteorologists are tracking the storm. The study tracked the patients over the course of five years. The squadron will track north by northeast for 40 miles.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Intel spent the recent CES in Las Vegas describing the company’s wholesale switch to 10nm, including Ice Lake, its next-generation processor, which is still on track to ship by the 2019 holiday season, Swan said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 Jan. 2019 Ariana previously gave hints of the track list in several of her music videos, so some hardcore fans weren't surprised to see them. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Ariana Grande's New Album, "Thank U, Next"," 23 Jan. 2019 Yearly trips to the ob/gyn are an easy way to stay on track with the recommendations for important stuff like STI tests and cancer screenings. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Exactly How Often You Really Need to See Different Kinds of Doctors," 17 Jan. 2019 It's quickly divided into two streams; having two parallel tracks allows the facility to continue operating even if key pieces of hardware are down for maintenance, Quinn told Ars. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 One carriage stopped just before the end of the 1,202-yard ride, while the other stopped on an upward track nearly 100 feet in the air. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Universal Studios Japan roller coaster stalls, leaving riders dangling 100 feet in the air for hours," 2 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, Los Angeles is on track to take San Francisco’s title as the largest city in the country with such a ban. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Am I the Only One Who Feels Guilty About Wearing Vintage Fur?," 15 Jan. 2019 Katie Wenszell, 28, had saved her mother Sue, who had been pushed off a platform and onto the tracks at an Atlanta MARTA station. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Daughter hit by train while saving mom's life returns home from hospital after weeks of surgery, recovery," 28 Sep. 2018 Its ability on-track was surprising, especially since most mainstream products would buckle at the knees when faced with VIR. Car and Driver, "Lightning Lap 2018: Where the Track Tells the Truth," 26 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The show, which follows a psychopathic assassin and the woman tracking her down, will return in 2019. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your First Look at Killing Eve Season 2 Is Here, So Prepare Yourself for Some Serious Drama," 23 Dec. 2018 This will be a fun spotlight treatment game for Nick Bosa, who will be tracked on the broadcast from beginning to end. Conor Orr, SI.com, "An NFL Fan’s Viewing Guide to the 2019 College Football Season," 13 July 2018 Basilius readily expanded the Amerbach collection, tracking down ivory carvings, additional Holbein paintings and drawings, and nearly 4,000 coins and exonumia. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Researchers Unlock Secrets of Basel Papyrus," 13 July 2018 The study suggests drivers could have been inspired by last year’s rank, as well as a decrease in some of the categories tracked. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "Sacramento drivers are among worst in U.S., study says. Why ‘things are looking up’," 12 July 2018 Privacy - Terms What’s interesting is the Royals remain in the top five among 29 baseball teams in local market ratings (except Toronto, because Nielsen doesn’t track Canadian viewership trends). Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Royals’ TV ratings drop but remain among baseball’s best," 12 July 2018 Since the stat began being tracked on the site in 2002, only nine teams have had worse seasons, with the 2005 Yankees at minus-120 being the worst. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Try as they might, Orioles can't use out-of-position players as reason for league's worst defense," 12 July 2018 Four-hundred, fifty-four runners, easily the largest field in this annual race, followed John Ford of Phoenix from the starting line at the Equestrian Center at 8 p.m. The 2018 All Harford boys track and field team chosen by The Aegis. Bill Blewett, The Aegis, "Harford triathletes fare well at Diamond in the Rough," 12 July 2018 To get the most of your rowing experience, track your progress and remember your milestones. Isadora Baum, SELF, "10 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Indoor Rowing Class," 27 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of track

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for track

Noun

Middle English trak, from Middle French trac

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track

noun

English Language Learners Definition of track

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mark left on the ground by a moving animal, person, or vehicle
: a path or trail that is made by people or animals walking through a field, forest, etc.
: a pair of metal bars that a train, trolley, or subway car rides along

track

verb

English Language Learners Definition of track (Entry 2 of 2)

: to follow and try to find (an animal) by looking for its tracks and other signs that show where it has gone
: to follow and find (someone or something) especially by looking at evidence
: to follow or watch the path of (something)

track

noun
\ ˈtrak \

Kids Definition of track

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mark left by something that has gone by rabbit tracks
3 : the rails of a railroad
4 : a course laid out for racing
5 : awareness of things or of the order in which things happen or ideas come I've lost track of the time. Keep track of your expenses.
6 : either of two endless metal belts on which a vehicle (as a tank) travels
7 : track-and-field sports

track

verb
tracked; tracking

Kids Definition of track (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to follow the marks or traces of : to search for someone or something
2 : to bring indoors on the bottom of the shoes, feet, or paws Don't track mud into the house.

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