- 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 tracksapprehend, capture, catch, chase, cover, discover, do, dog, expose, find, hunt, scout, shadow, stalk, tail, trace, trail, travel, traverse, unearth
Examples from the Web for tracks
Contemporary Examples of tracks
She also tracks his deteriorating health through the harrowing videos of the captives regularly released by the Nusra Front.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
One line in “Winter Wonderland” has stopped countless people dead in their tracks.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
This study uses the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which is really a tool that tracks crimes.College Girls Are Less Likely to Be Raped Than Non-Students
December 11, 2014
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) tracks this closely, so here (pdf) for your review is a study the group put out in June.The Real Reason Democrats Lost
November 6, 2014
The core of that, the way to stop Ebola in its tracks is contact tracing, and follow-up.Doctors Without Borders Hits Ebola Breaking Point
Abby Haglage, Kent Sepkowitz
October 21, 2014
Historical Examples of tracks
I have watched them cover their tracks with a cunning more than vulpine.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
I followed after his tracks, leading the two poor done-up horses.
The tracks may be Mr. Giles's, as I cannot think Mr. Gosse could be out in his latitude.
In that case, if Kingozi followed her tracks, he would arrive at that water.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
As to covering up the tracks, he begged his wife to trust him for that.The Secret Agent
- 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)