- a course laid out for running or racing.
- the group of sports performed on such a course, as running or hurdling, as distinguished from field events.
- both track and field events as a whole.
- a band of recorded sound laid along the length of a magnetic tape.
- band2(def 6).
- an individual song or segment of a recording: a title track.
- a discrete, separate recording that is combined with other parts of a musical recording to produce the final aural version: a special rhythm track added to the basic track.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of track
Synonyms for track
Examples from the Web for track
Contemporary Examples of track
I was there to track down the family of one of the most notorious defectors in Cuban history.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
It looks like Amazon is on track to get additional Pentagon contracts as well.How Amazon Became Santa’s Sweatshop
December 11, 2014
Its inclusion in Record of the Year is on track with the recent trend of all nominees being chart-toppers.10 Biggest Grammy Award Snubs and Surprises: Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus & More
December 5, 2014
So it depends on what side of the track you want to come from.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
As the panels rotate to track the sun, they produce more than enough power to move skiiers up the mountain.Solar Powered Ski Lift
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
Historical Examples of track
They've put lots of good weight-carriers off the track before they was due to go.
Robert pointed in silence to the huge rock which lay on the track.Brave and Bold
The track was plain enough, and there were hamlets at long intervals.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
You wouldn't think it was a hundred yards back from the track, would you?
His last letter gives no clue to the track he intended to pursue.Explorations in Australia
- a course for running or racing
- (as modifier)track events
- sports performed on a track
- track and field events as a whole
- to provide with a track
- to run on a track of (a certain width)
Word Origin for track
late 15c., "footprint, mark left by anything," from Old French trac "track of horses, trace" (mid-15c.), possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Low German treck, Dutch trek "drawing, pulling;" see trek). Meaning "lines of rails for drawing trains" is from 1805. Meaning "branch of athletics involving a running track" is recorded from 1905. Meaning "single recorded item" is from 1904, originally in reference to phonograph records. Meaning "mark on skin from repeated drug injection" is first attested 1964.
Track record (1955) is a figurative use from racing, "performance history" of an individual car, runner, horse, etc.(1907, but the phrase was more common in sense "fastest speed recorded at a particular track"). To make tracks "move quickly" is American English colloquial first recorded 1835; to cover (one's) tracks in the figurative sense first attested 1898; to keep track of something is attested from 1883. American English wrong side of the tracks "bad part of town" is by 1901. Track lighting attested from 1970.
"to follow or trace the footsteps of," 1560s, from track (n.). Related: Tracked; tracking.
In addition to the idioms beginning with track
- track down
- track record
- cover one's tracks
- drop in one's tracks
- fast track
- follow in someone's footsteps (tracks)
- inside track
- jump the track
- keep (lose) track
- make tracks
- off the beaten track
- off the track
- one-track mind
- on the right tack (track)
- right side of the tracks
- stop cold (in one's tracks)