or half·track

[haf-trak, hahf-]
  1. 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.
  2. a motor vehicle with rear driving wheels on caterpillar treads.
  3. Military. an armored vehicle equipped with half-tracks.

Origin of half-track

First recorded in 1925–30
Related formshalf-tracked, adjective
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Historical Examples of 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


  1. a vehicle with caterpillar tracks on the wheels that supply motive power only
Derived Formshalf-tracked, adjective
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Word Origin and History for half-track

also halftrack, type of military vehicle, 1927, from half + track (n.).

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