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

Gold for August delivery rose 1% to $1,324.60 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, on track for its highest settle price since Feb. 26. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Gold Hits Three-Month High on Trade Tension," 3 June 2019 The rear licence plate mount will also be removable to help improve aerodynamic performance when the car is used on track. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "The Lotus Type 130 Is a Lean, Mean Electric Hypercar Debuting on July 16," 31 May 2019 In January, a handful of teams were still in the competition, but still none of them were on track to reach the goal before the deadline. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "XPrize Will Award Moon Landing Company $1 Million," 1 Apr. 2019 And this year, the war is reportedly on track to surpass those numbers, with 225 people killed during 24 disclosed strikes between January and February alone. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Waging a Drone War in Somalia With Increased Air Strikes," 12 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Los Angeles ruling alarmed groups that track white supremacist activity and fear the court victory could empower the group known for espousing anti-Semitic and other racist views. Washington Post, "Charges against alleged white supremacists tossed by judge," 4 June 2019 Once enacted, Illinois would become the 13th state to legalize sports betting after the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports gambling, according to actionnetwork.com, a site that tracks and monitors sports betting across the country. Keith Schubert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On your next trip to Wrigley or Soldier Field, you may be able to take your fandom to a new level by betting against the Cubs or Bears," 4 June 2019 This would prohibit any federal funds granted to state and local government from buying high-caliber rifles, tracked and wheeled armored vehicles and other military weapons, vehicles and equipment. Tim Perry, CBS News, "Julián Castro unveils police reform plan," 3 June 2019 Leap Motion, based in San Francisco, develops and licenses sensors that track hand movements for virtual-reality experiences. Parmy Olson, WSJ, "Leap Motion, Once a Virtual-Reality High Flier, Sells Itself to U.K. Rival," 30 May 2019 Vanity Fair writer Joanna Robinson shared a chart on Twitter that tracks the average number of words the characters spoke per minute in each Game of Thrones episode, starting from Season 1. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Twitter Thinks This Chart Helps Explain Why You Didn't Love Game of Thrones Last Season," 26 May 2019 Barneby's, a search engine aggregator that tracks the sales at more than 2,000 auction houses, discovered this surprising trend. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "These Vintage IKEA Pieces Sell for Thousands of Dollars," 6 May 2019 Dedrone, a site that tracks drone incidents globally, recorded 13 incidents in November 2018 across the USA, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, and the UK. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Idiots with drones have shut down the UK’s second largest airport," 20 Dec. 2018 According to GoodRX, a website that tracks drug prices, an entire vial of this drug can be purchased at a retail pharmacy for between $15 and $50. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned.," 18 Dec. 2018

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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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