track·​way | \ ˈtrak-ˌwā How to pronounce trackway (audio) \

Definition of trackway

1 : a beaten or trodden path
2 : a series of fossil footprints (as of a dinosaur)

Examples of trackway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trackway consists of more than 400 human prints, including several tiny child prints, as described in a new study published in Quaternary Science Reviews. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Incredible details of 10,000-year-old trek revealed in fossil footprints," 15 Oct. 2020 The routes include part of the Icknield Way, an ancient trackway in eastern and southern England, which some scholars believe to be prehistoric. Emma Batha, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ancient maps in hand, English amblers chart forgotten paths," 3 Nov. 2020 Both a giant sloth and a mammoth ambled across the humans’ path, the trackway reveals. Katherine Kornei, New York Times, "Footprints Mark a Toddler’s Perilous Prehistoric Journey," 23 Oct. 2020 The behavior recorded in the trackway is perhaps not surprising, Harcourt-Smith says. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Incredible details of 10,000-year-old trek revealed in fossil footprints," 15 Oct. 2020 The second trackway was potentially made by the same species — or even the same individual — soon after the first was made but this time the track-maker used a different type of gait and moved a bit faster up the dune slope. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "How a hiker accidentally discovered the oldest fossilized footprints ever in Grand Canyon," 24 Aug. 2020 One of the ancient travelers who left a trackway heading in a different direction than the larger group appears to have been passing through the area in a hurry, running at better than six miles per hour. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ancient Toes and Soles of Fossilized Footprints Now 3-D Digitized for the Ages," 20 May 2020 Amtrak admitted negligence after its first passenger train on a new trackway flew off a curve at 80 mph near DuPont. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Jury awards $17 million to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment," 14 Sep. 2019 Now that fossil hunters have a better idea of what to look for, there is a chance that more early pterosaur trackways will be found. John Pickrell, Scientific American, "Footprint Find Could Be a “Holy Grail” of Pterosaur Research," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of trackway

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Trackway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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