\ ˈtrak How to pronounce track (audio) \

Definition of track

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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)

Other Words from track


trackless \ ˈtrak-​ləs How to pronounce track (audio) \ adjective


tracker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for track

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Manson, 6-3 and 220 pounds, is on track to hit the UFA market in July. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 21 May 2022 The first of four aging dams on the Klamath River, the 250-mile waterway that originates in southern Oregon’s towering Cascades and empties along the rugged Northern California coast, is on track to come down in fall 2023. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2022 The quick response from the agency to get back on track shows two parts of Metro’s oversight — the safety commission and the board — working as designed, said D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6). Lori Aratani, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 Sunday's on-track action will begin with a 90-minute practice open for the 12 cars still alive for the pole. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2022 After launching Thursday evening, two thrusters used for maneuvering the Starliner failed, but a third functioned as expected, allowing the vehicle to stay on track. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, 21 May 2022 Califf told lawmakers the Abbott plant is on track to reopen within two weeks. Byalexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 20 May 2022 My streak for correct first guesses is back on track, with my third in a row. Kris Holt, Forbes, 20 May 2022 On Friday, all three major indexes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq, were on track to finish the week down 3.5%, extending several weeks of losses. Fortune, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Because the threat isn’t caused by a traditional bug or error in either the Bluetooth specification or an implementation of the standard, there’s no CVE designation used to track vulnerabilities. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 19 May 2022 Free online inventory trackers—used by frenzied shoppers during the holiday season to track down Sony PlayStations and other hard-to-find hot gifts—have added baby formula to their radars. Dalvin Brown, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Sniffers can be used to track Bluetooth signals, helping identify devices. Fortune, 17 May 2022 But the film undermines this argument by presenting its own slate of products, including apps and thermometers that can be used to track periods and monitor fertility. Amy Zimmerman, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2022 Nearly every metric used to track coronavirus in Utah has increased over the past seven days, according to the Utah Department of Health. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 Researchers have used the California data to track groups over time and to link gun ownership to criminal records and mortality statistics. Will Van Sant, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Privacy groups said that Apple’s new coin-size devices could be used to track people. New York Times, 10 May 2022 The process creates a device that could wrap around an arm and be used to track an athlete’s motion, speed or vital signs, for instance, says Carmel Majidi, a mechanical engineer at Carnegie Mellon University. Kurt Kleiner, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of track


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


1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for track


Middle English trak, from Middle French trac

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23 May 2022

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\ ˈtrak How to pronounce track (audio) \

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


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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