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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , trak , from tracke Old French trac ( “ track of horses, trail, trace ” ), of uncertain origin. Likely from a source, either Germanic Old Norse traðk ( "a track; path; trodden spot"; > Icelandic traðk ( “ a track; path; tread ” ), Faroese traðk ( “ track; tracks ” ), Norwegian tråkke ( “ to trample ” ) ) or from Middle Dutch , trec , *trac treck ( "line, row, series"; > Dutch trek ( “ a draft; feature; trait; groove; expedition ” ) ), German Low German Treck ( “ a draught; movement; passage; flow ” ). See , tread .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
track ( plural )
A mark left by something that has passed along.
Synonyms: , trace , trail wake
Follow the track of the ship. Can you see any tracks in the snow? A
mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or animal.
Synonyms: , footprint impression The fox tracks were still visible in the snow. The entire lower surface of the foot; said of birds, etc.
A road or other similar beaten path.
Synonyms: , path , road way Follow the track for a hundred metres. Physical course; way.
Synonyms: , course , path , trajectory way Astronomers predicted the track of the comet. A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.
Synonyms: , course racetrack The athletes ran round the track. 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in : The Celebrity The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house. The direction and progress of someone or something; path.
2009, Kenneth H. Talan, Help Your Child Or Teen Get Back on Track, : →ISBN You cannot simply “get” your child back on track; you and others can only help your child with that task. 2010, Randall Lee, Memoirs to My Women, , page 242: →ISBN My track record was enough proof that I couldn't use women for medicinal purposes, and even my attempts at casual relationships were not adequate enough to even temporarily release the poisons inside me.
( railways ) The way or rails along which a train moves.
Synonyms: , rails , railway , train tracks tracks They briefly closed the railway to remove debris found on the track. A
tract or area, such as of land.
Synonyms: , area , parcel , region tract
( slang ) The street, as a prostitute's place of work.
2012, Pimpin' Ken, PIMPOLOGY: The 48 Laws of the Game (page 11)
A real pimp is a gentleman, but these are pimps in gorilla suits. They hang around pimps, they have hoes on the track working for them, they may even look like pimps, but they are straight simps. 2012, Paul D. Jones, Twilight Nights: The Trials and Tribulations of the Game (page 130)
After putting Tonya Down on the track, we headed to this club called the Players Club.
Awareness of something, especially when arising from close monitoring.
2006, James J. Gross & Michael F. Callahan, Money and Divorce: The First 90 Days and After, , page 24: →ISBN You will need to keep track of meetings with your lawyer and court deadlines. 2012, Steven Gurgevich & Joy Gurgevich, The Self-Hypnosis Diet, : →ISBN We have to formulate what we want, be so concentrated on it, so focused on it, and so aware of it that we lose track of ourselves, we lose track of time, we lose track of our identity.
( automotive ) The distance between two opposite wheels on a same axletree.
Synonym: track width
( automotive ) Short for . caterpillar track
( cricket ) The pitch.
Synonyms: , ground pitch Sound stored on a
Synonym: recording The physical track on a
( music ) A song or other relatively short piece of music, on a record, separated from others by a short silence.
My favourite track on the album is "Sunshine". A circular (never-ending) data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk, divided into
( uncountable , sports ) The racing events of track and field; track and field in general.
Synonyms: , athletics track and field I'm going to try out for track next week. 1973, University of Virginia Undergraduate Record
The University of Virginia belongs to the Atlantic Coast Conference and competes interscholastically in basketball, baseball, crew, cross country, fencing, football, golf, indoor track, lacrosse, polo, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and wrestling. A session talk on a conference.
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( distance between two opposite wheels ) : : the distance between the front and rear wheelbase axles of a vehicle.
Translations [ edit ]
mark left by something that has passed along
հետք (hy) ( hetkʿ ) Bashkir:
эҙ ( eð ), юл ( yul ) Belarusian:
след m ( sljed ) Bulgarian:
следа (bg) f ( sleda ) Catalan:
rastre , m traça (ca) f Czech:
stopa (cs) f Danish:
spor n Dutch:
spoor (nl) n Finnish:
jälki (fi) French:
trace (fr) , f marque (fr) , f sillon (fr) m Galician:
rastro , m tresna , f busco , m topa , f rabeiro , m ceriballo , m trocha , f pasada f German:
Spur (de) f Gothic:
𐌻𐌰𐌹𐍃𐍄𐍃 m ( laists ) Greek:
τροχιά (el) f ( trochiá ) Hebrew:
עקבות pl ( ikvót ) Italian:
traccia , (it) scia , (it) tracciamento Khmer: please add this translation if you can
ուղի (hy) ( ułi ), շավիղ (hy) ( šavił ) Bashkir:
һуҡмаҡ ( huqmaq ), юл ( yul ) Belarusian:
шлях m ( šljax ), пуць m ( pucʹ ), даро́га f ( daróha ), тра́са f ( trása ), сце́жка f ( scjéžka ) Finnish:
polku , (fi) kulku-ura French:
sentier (fr) , m chemin (fr) , m route (fr) , f voie (fr) f Galician:
trullo , m branxeiro , m congostra , f carreiro , m cambeiro , m carroucho m Georgian:
please add this translation if you can Greek:
μονοπάτι (el) n ( monopáti ), ατραπός (el) f ( atrapós )
Ancient: τρίβος m or f ( tríbos ) Hebrew:
שביל (he) m ( shvil ) Irish:
slí f Italian:
mulattiera (it) , f , pista battuta viottolo (it) , m sentiero (it) m Khmer: please add this translation if you can
trāmes , m semita f Macedonian:
патека f ( pateka ), пат m ( pat ) Malay:
jalan (ms) Maori:
, maheu makenu Occitan:
, sendièr vial , (oc) carrairon , (oc) , caminòl dralha (oc) f Persian:
شوسه (fa) ( šose ) Portuguese:
trilha (pt) , f sendeiro (pt) m Romanian:
drum , (ro) , pistă de circulație bandă rutieră Russian:
путь (ru) m ( putʹ ), доро́га (ru) f ( doróga ), тропа́ (ru) f ( tropá ), тра́сса (ru) f ( trássa ) Scottish Gaelic:
slighe f Thai:
please add this translation if you can Ukrainian: шлях (uk) m ( šljax ), путь m ( putʹ ), доро́га (uk) f ( doróha ), тра́са f ( trása ), сте́жка f ( stéžka )
path or course laid out for a race or exercise
permanent way; the rails
коловоз m ( kolovoz ) Malay:
jalan , (ms) landasan Occitan:
via , (oc) camin de fèrre , (oc) via ferrada (oc) Portuguese:
via férrea (pt) , f trilhos (pt) , m ferrovia (pt) f Russian:
тра́сса (ru) f ( trássa ), путь (ru) m ( putʹ ), колея́ (ru) f ( kolejá ) Saterland Frisian:
vía (es) f Ukrainian: тра́са ( trása ), шлях (uk) ( šljax ), доро́га (uk) ( doróha ), путь m ( putʹ )
tract or area, as of land
distance between two opposite wheels
physical track on a record
a song or other relatively short piece of music, on a record, separated from others by a short silence
circular data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk
Mandarin: 磁道 Esperanto:
please add this translation if you can Finnish:
raita (fi) French:
please add this translation if you can German:
please add this translation if you can Italian: traccia (it)
please add this translation if you can Korean:
please add this translation if you can Russian:
please add this translation if you can Spanish:
pista (es) Thai:
please add this translation if you can Vietnamese: rãnh (vi)
racing events of track and field
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See also [ edit ]
track ( third-person singular simple present , tracks present participle , tracking simple past and past participle )
To continue over time.
( transitive ) To observe the (measured) state of a person or object over time.
We will track the raven population over the next six months.
( transitive ) To monitor the movement of a person or object.
Agent Miles has been tracking the terrorist since Madrid.
( transitive ) To match the movement or change of a person or object.
My height tracks my father's at my age, so I might end up as tall as him.
( transitive or intransitive , of a camera ) To travel so that a moving object remains in shot.
The camera tracked the ball even as the field of play moved back and forth, keeping the action in shot the entire time.
( intransitive , chiefly of a storm ) To move.
The hurricane tracked further west than expected.
( transitive ) To traverse; to move across.
1837, Elizabeth Parker, Popular Poems. Selected by E. P. (page 228)
I've swept o'er the mountain, the forest and fell, / I've played on the rock where the wild chamois dwell; / I have tracked the desert so dreary and rude, / Through the pathless depths of its solitude; [… ]
( transitive ) To tow. ( intransitive ) To exhibit good cognitive function.
Is the patient tracking? Does he know where he is?
2004, Catherine Anderson, Blue Skies, Penguin ( →ISBN), page 39:
Bess already knew about the painkillers and alcohol not mixing well.... "I wasn't tracking very well." 2010 October 1, "karimitch" (username), " Memory Loss - Pancreatic Cancer Forums", in cancerforums.net, Cancer Forums:
My mother in the past couple of days has started to really get confused and lose her train of thought easily.... She isn't tracking very well.
( transitive ) To follow the tracks of.
My uncle spent all day tracking the deer, whose hoofprints were clear in the mud.
( transitive ) To discover the location of a person or object by following traces.
I tracked Joe to his friend's bedroom, where he had spent the night. ( transitive ) To leave in the form of tracks.
In winter, my cat tracks mud all over the house.
( transitive ) To make tracks on.
( transitive or intransitive ) To create a musical recording (a track).
Lil Kyle is gonna track with that DJ next week. ( computing , transitive or intransitive ) To create music using tracker software.
2018, Dafni Tragaki, Made in Greece: Studies in Popular Music
At the time, tracking chiptunes (i.e. using trackers) was the fundamental method of chipmusic-making. ( intransitive , colloquial ) To make sense; to be consistent with known information
1988, “The Rifle”, in , season 8, episode 15: Dynasty Vitron isn't hiding anything. The oil is there, the books are open, everything tracks.
2002, “Midnight Sun”, in , season 1, episode 10: Without a Trace Before he took off, our guy went online... to transfer all his personal accounts into his checking account. CDs, money market funds, everything. That tracks. According to Nick, he was trying to sell the dry cleaners. 2019, “Cleared for Approach”, in , season 1, episode 13: Manifest There was an electrical storm in the center of this blizzard, Ben. It's extremely rare, but it can happen. Dark lightning? I can't prove it, but it tracks.
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to observe the (measured) state of an object over time
to monitor someone's or something's movement
to discover the location of person or an object
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Etymology [ edit ]
track ( m plural )
( sports ) track