single-track

adjective

sin·​gle-track ˈsiŋ-gəl-ˈtrak How to pronounce single-track (audio)
1
: having only one track
2
: lacking intellectual range, receptiveness, or flexibility : one-track
had a single-track mind incapable of adjusting to changes

Examples of single-track in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study concludes that a trail system could safely and logistically run along one side of the active, single-track rail line, from Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood to the University of Hartford and the Bloomfield town line. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 29 Apr. 2024 The existing pair of single-track tunnels is more than 110 years old and suffering from damage sustained by flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Patrick McGeehan, New York Times, 11 June 2024 The single-track trail system is anchored by the 2-mile Sunset Loop. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 18 Jan. 2024 There are gentle, shady strolls through Newlands Forest and beautiful single-track trail running routes across the mountaintop. Heather Richardson, Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2021 Seventy-five tunnels, 167 bridges and $6 billion later, the single-track railway opened in December 2021. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023 The easy single-track meanders for a half-mile through wildflower meadows and mixed conifer woodlands before bumping into the Big Bang Trail, the turnaround point for this exploratory trip. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 Britain’s National Trust which manages the historic site quickly put a message on its website, announcing that a large tree had fallen on the single-track road leading into Greenway. Niamh Kennedy, CNN, 15 July 2023 Longer trains are more difficult to maneuver on single-track railroads. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, 11 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of single-track was in 1849

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“Single-track.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/single-track. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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