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

But an escalating legal and political fight could reroute the second leg of the Triple Crown, as soon as 2021, by ripping it away from the track where the Preakness debuted... Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Baltimore Fights to Keep the Preakness," 17 May 2019 And if your brain is going blank under the pressure, here are some of our favorite offerings from the brand, to get you off on the right track. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Tatcha and Sephora Are Offering a Mystery Skin-Care Gift — Here's How to Get Yours," 15 May 2019 With Billy Ray Cyrus's vocals blasting in the background, West flexes her dance moves while singing along to the track. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Stars in Her First Music Video Featuring Kim Kardashian," 15 May 2019 Members of the Mercedes F1 crew left the track immediately after the Sunday event in Barcelona in order to get the race car to Harry the next day. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Formula 1 Champ Lewis Hamilton Sends His Race Car to Terminally Ill Five-Year-Old Fan Harry Shaw," 14 May 2019 If your partner is leaning their hips into your face, moaning and asking for more, then you’re on the right track. Gigi Engle, SELF, "We Asked 15 People With Vaginas How to Make Oral Sex Even Better," 11 Mar. 2019 Seven years ago, the first gravel track opened between two regional hubs, Jomsom and Lo Manthang. Debbie Pappyn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Trekking Nepal's Upper Mustang, a Pristine Corner of the Himalayas," 15 Oct. 2018 For Cruise 2020, the fashion house staged its runway in a Beaux-Arts style train station—with models walking on the train platform alongside the tracks. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Virginie Viard Debuts First Solo Chanel Collection," 3 May 2019 Fans don't have to wait long to listen to the track. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "4 Signs Shawn Mendes is Dropping a New Album Really Soon," 2 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The feature, which GM calls Buckle to Drive, is the latest addition to GM's Teen Driver system that was introduced in 2015; the system also tracks vehicle speed, location, and driving style and provides a report to the driver's parent or guardian. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "New Feature on 2020 Chevrolet and GMC Models Won't Let Car Start Till Driver Fastens Seatbelt," 21 May 2019 The Queen’s progress through the show is tracked by photographers, and her every stop and comment reported in the press. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Has a Long History with the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 Nearly 90% of the 70 financial asset classes tracked by Deutsche Bank AG posted positive total returns in dollar terms this year through April, according to the firm’s strategists, Jim Reid and Craig Nicol. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Stocks, Bonds, Oil, Bitcoin Are All Up. The Everything Rally Is Back, Worrying Some Investors.," 6 May 2019 Fans also tracked down another hint that TS7 may have been in the works for a while. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "These Taylor Swift TS7 Fan Theories Will Blow Your Mind," 29 Apr. 2019 The company tracks black market sites where personal information is shared to alert you if your data is compromised. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "After Data Breach, Marriott Will Pay for New Passports," 5 Dec. 2018 Bredesen led Blackburn in four polls tracked by Real Clear Politics. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Net neutrality foe Marsha Blackburn gets 85% of the vote in GOP Senate primary," 3 Aug. 2018 Over the six months, the ChemSIGMA team demonstrated that their software models and sensors repeatedly and precisely tracked plumes to their source. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "How We'll Stop Chemical Attacks," 28 Apr. 2019 Many of these images were published in Vogue, which tracked Jayne’s arc from preternaturally elegant newlywed to revered society doyenne and connoisseur. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 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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