track

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From Middle English trak, tracke, from Old French trac, from a Germanic source akin to Old Norse traðk (a track; path; trodden spot). Cognate with Icelandic traðk (a track; path; tread), Faroese traðk (track; tracks). Compare also Norwegain trakke (to trample), Dutch trek (a draft; feature; trait; groove; expedition), German Low German Treck (a draught; movement; passage; flow). See tread, trek.

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track (plural tracks)

  1. A mark left by something that has passed along
    follow the track of the ship
    The track of the meteor was followed.
    Can you see any tracks in the snow?
  2. A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or animal
    The fox tracks were still visible in the snow.
  3. The entire lower surface of the foot; said of birds, etc.
  4. A road or other similar beaten path.
    Follow the track for a hundred metres.
  5. Physical course; way
    the track of a comet
  6. A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.
    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.
  7. The direction and progress of someone or something; path.
    • 2009, Kenneth H. Talan, Help Your Child Or Teen Get Back on Track, ISBN 184310914X:
      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, ISBN 1450058108, page 242:
      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.
  8. (railways) The way or rails along which a train moves.
    They briefly closed the railway to remove debris found on the track.
  9. A tract or area, such as of land.
    • Fuller
      small tracks of ground
  10. 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, ISBN 1572485248, page 24:
      You will need to keep track of meetings with your lawyer and court deadlines.
    • 2012, Steven Gurgevich & ‎Joy Gurgevich, The Self-Hypnosis Diet, ISBN 1604077433:
      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.
  11. (automotive) The distance between two opposite wheels on a same axletree (also track width)
  12. (automotive) Short for caterpillar track.
  13. (cricket) The pitch.
  14. Sound stored on a record.
  15. The physical track on a record.
  16. (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".
  17. A circular (never-ending) data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk, divided into sectors.
  18. (uncountable, sports) The racing events of track and field; track and field in general.
    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.
  19. A session talk on a conference.

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  • (distance between two opposite wheels): wheelbase: the distance between the front and rear axles of a vehicle.

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track (third-person singular simple present tracks, present participle tracking, simple past and past participle tracked)

  1. To continue observing over time.
    1. (transitive) To observe the (measured) state of a person or object over time.
      We will track the raven population over the next six months.
    2. (transitive) To monitor the movement of a person or object.
      Agent Miles has been tracking the terrorist since Madrid.
    3. (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.
    4. (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.
    5. (intransitive, chiefly of a storm) To move.
      The hurricane tracked further west than expected.
  2. (transitive) To follow the tracks of.
    My uncle spent all day tracking the deer, whose hoofprints were clear in the mud.
    1. (transitive) To discover the location of a person or object.
      I tracked Joe to his friend's bedroom, where he had spent the night.
    2. (transitive) To leave in the form of tracks.
      In winter, my cat tracks mud all over the house.
  3. (transitive or intransitive) To create a musical recording (a track).
    Lil Kyle is gonna track with that DJ next week.

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track m (plural tracks)

  1. (sports) track