[ trak-ing ]
/ ˈtræk ɪŋ /


Related forms

mis·track·ing, noun

Definition for tracking (2 of 2)

Origin of track

1425–75; late Middle English trak (noun) < Middle French trac, perhaps < Old Norse trathk trodden spot; compare Norwegian trakke to trample; akin to tread

Related forms

Can be confused

tack tact track tract Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tracking

British Dictionary definitions for tracking (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtrækɪŋ) /


the act or process of following something or someone
electrical engineering a leakage of electric current between two points separated by an insulating material caused by dirt, carbon particles, moisture, etc
the way wheels on a vehicle are aligned
a function of a video cassette recorder, which adjusts the alignment of the heads in order to achieve the best possible audio and video reproduction from each recording

British Dictionary definitions for tracking (2 of 2)


/ (træk) /



See also tracks

Derived Forms

trackable, adjectivetracker, noun

Word Origin for track

C15: from Old French trac, probably of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch tracken to pull, Middle Low German trecken; compare Norwegian trakke to trample
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Idioms and Phrases with tracking


In addition to the idioms beginning with track

  • track down
  • track record

also see:

  • 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)
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