track

noun
\ 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

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 How to pronounce trackless (audio) \ 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

Zarif was quoted as also saying that the country remained on track to raise its enrichment if Europe did not take any additional steps toward saving the accord. Anchorage Daily News, "U.N. inspectors to verify whether Iran has breached nuclear deal stockpile limit," 1 July 2019 In total, 421 riders were evacuated to a nearby station via an elevated walkway next to the tracks. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: How a ride on BART’s shiny new train took a turn," 25 June 2019 There was not one person in the audience that didn’t know the lyrics to the track. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "The top 7 moments from the BET Awards," 24 June 2019 Another horse died Saturday at Santa Anita Park, marking the 30th fatality reported in connection to the track since Dec. 26 and the seventh since May 17. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Hall of Fame Trainer Banned After 30th Horse Dies at Santa Anita Park," 22 June 2019 Her identity as a runner wasn’t limited to the track. Emilio Gonzalez-lu, The Mercury News, "James Lick grad runs through formidable adversity on way to valedictorian," 21 June 2019 But once the horses make their way to the parade ring for the first race, attention certainly shifts to the track. Ben Church, CNN, "Royal Ascot: A day in the life," 19 June 2019 Delays of up to an hour were reported because of wire damage between Bridgeport and Stratford, the rail service said about 8:30 a.m. Metro North traffic was limited to one track. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Major delays -- up to an hour -- for NYC-bound rail travelers Monday morning," 17 June 2019 Moffitt and his beer buzz were summoned back to the track for the second winner's news conference of the day. CBS News, "NASCAR overturns first victory since 1960 after truck fails post-race inspection," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But none of the emergency-room visits tracked by researchers in recent studies ended with a patient’s death. Jack Healy, New York Times, "Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began," 30 June 2019 Suncity’s Lo said consumers are used to being tracked. Jinshan Hong, latimes.com, "China’s casinos use these tools to spot and track the biggest potential losers," 28 June 2019 The 19-year-old is one of world football's most sought after young talents, and has been tracked by some of Europe's biggest clubs since bursting onto the scene in Portugal. SI.com, "Benfica Confirm €126M Offer From Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix," 26 June 2019 The grizzly bear is collared and tracked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. USA TODAY, "Whiskey webs, alien abductions, goldfish invasion: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2019 The email addresses tracked by The Republic were either visible in the Auction Nation website's source code or provided by an anonymous tipster. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Fake bids drive up prices on popular site Auction Nation, Republic finds," 24 June 2019 This system pointed upward, allowing it to track Collins in the command module. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 In a sport where seemingly every number is tracked, 82 pitchers threw at least one pitch 97 mph or faster in April 2015. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Baseball’s whole new ballgame: Strikeouts, home runs and growing concerns," 23 June 2019 In a study of more than 19,000 British adults age 50 and over who were tracked for 25 years, the habit of solving word or number puzzles seemed to help keep minds active and nimble over time. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Language insights into the games that people play," 22 June 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 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

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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