- 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
Related Words for trackergumshoe, spy, cop, eavesdropper, agent, tail, investigator, sleuthhound, flatfoot, dick, bloodhound, P.I.
Examples from the Web for tracker
Contemporary Examples of tracker
The tracker focuses on three specific forms of support: financing, health-care personnel, and in-kind contributions.Millions Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up
November 25, 2014
One of her deputy chiefs of staff keeps track of the tracker, an Excel spreadsheet, she says.Obama’s Hidden Power Player
May 12, 2014
It looks more like a watch than anything else, and indeed it is, but it also has more sensors than any other tracker out there.
A tracker with an altimeter will give you a far more accurate picture of calories-burned.
That means it almost certainly gives you the best information about calorie burn of any tracker.
Historical Examples of tracker
It had been arranged that Elmer was to act as pathfinder and tracker.Pathfinder
But he is better to-day, and I shall bring him my 'tracker.'Golden Moments
This man was something more than a thief-taker and a tracker of criminals.Jack O' Judgment
"We could not find Ugh-lomi," said Siss the Tracker, slowly.Tales of Space and Time
Herbert George Wells
There were a half dozen pillars the tracker could use for cover.Smugglers' Reef
- 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)