half-track

or half·track

[ haf-trak, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌtræk, ˈhɑf- /

noun

a caterpillar tread that runs over and under the rear or driving wheels of a vehicle but is not connected with the forward wheels: used especially on military vehicles.
a motor vehicle with rear driving wheels on caterpillar treads.
Military. an armored vehicle equipped with half-tracks.

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Origin of half-track

First recorded in 1925–30

OTHER WORDS FROM half-track

half-tracked, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for half-track

  • There were times when even the half-track had to crawl or it would overturn.

    The Invaders|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The tractor towed a half-track platform on which there were a crane and a very considerable lead-coated bin with a top.

    Space Platform|Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for half-track

half-track

noun

a vehicle with caterpillar tracks on the wheels that supply motive power only

Derived forms of half-track

half-tracked, adjective
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