- 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)
- tracing paper,
- tracing tape,
- track and field,
- track brake,
- track down,
- track event,
- track geometry car
Origin of track
Examples from the Web for 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|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It looks like Amazon is on track to get additional Pentagon contracts as well.
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|Kevin Fallon|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So it depends on what side of the track you want to come from.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth|Alex Suskind|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the panels rotate to track the sun, they produce more than enough power to move skiiers up the mountain.
The country for five to ten miles to the east of our track appeared open and grassy, basalt being the prevailing rock.Journals of Australian Explorations|A C and F T Gregory
That is the great significance of this first track through the “wooden country”—an awakened consciousness.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 4)|Archer Butler Hulbert
I followed his track guided by the drops of blood which fell on the snow.The Green Book|Mr Jkai
Daly and Fettin were holding on like grim Death, for the track was rough and the speed unprecedented for that road—a new one.Bamboo Tales|Ira L. Reeves
When once the public is started upon such a track, it is no easy matter to make them turn round.The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare|J. J. Jusserand
- 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)