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1 a line or route along which something travels or moves; "the hurricane demolished houses in its path"; "the track of an animal"; "the course of the river" [syn: path, course]
2 evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator" [syn: lead, trail]
3 a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
4 a course over which races are run [syn: racetrack, racecourse, raceway]
5 a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc; "he played the first cut on the cd"; "the title track of the album" [syn: cut]
6 an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground [syn: caterpillar track, caterpillar tread]
7 (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data [syn: data track]
8 a groove on a phonograph recording
9 a bar or bars of rolled steel making a track along which vehicles can roll [syn: rail, rails]
10 any road or path affording passage especially a rough one [syn: cart track, cartroad]
11 the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track [syn: running]


1 carry on the feet and deposit; "track mud into the house"
2 observe or plot the moving path of something; "track a missile"
3 go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit" [syn: chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after]
4 travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day" [syn: traverse, cover, cross, pass over, get over, get across, cut through, cut across]
5 make tracks upon

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /træk/
  • Rhymes with: -æk


(noun) From trac (French: traque), maybe from a Germanic source Dutch: trek, Middle Low German: treck.


  1. A mark left by something that has passed along; as, the track, or wake, of a ship; the track of a meteor; the track of a sled or a wheel.
  2. A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or beast; trace; vestige; footprint.
  3. The entire lower surface of the foot; -- said of birds, etc.
  4. A road; a beaten path.
  5. Course; way; as, the track of a comet.
  6. A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.
  7. The permanent way; the rails.
  8. A tract or area, as of land.
  9. In the context of "automotive": The distance between the centerlines of two tires, measured where the tires contact the surface of the road (also track width)
  10. The pitch.
  11. Sound stored on a record (or the physical track on one).
  12. Circular (never-ending) data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk, divided into sectors.
  13. The racing events of track and field; track and field in general.
    • I'm going to try out for track next week.
mark left by something that has passed along
mark or impression left by the foot
entire lower surface of the foot
beaten path
course; way
path or course laid out for a race, or exercise
permanent way; the rails
tract or area, as of land
distance between the centerlines of two tires
(cricket) pitch
sound stored on a record
circular (never-ending) data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk
racing events of track and field

See also


  1. To observe the (measured) state of an object over time
  2. To monitor someone's or something's movement.
  3. To discover the location of person or an object (usually in the form track down).
  4. To follow tracks.
    • My uncle spent all day tracking the deer.

Derived terms


to observe the (measured) state of an object over time
Finnish: seurata
to monitor someone's or something's movement
Finnish: seurata, varjostaa
to discover the location of person or an object
Finnish: jäljittää
to follow tracks
Finnish: jäljittää

Extensive Definition

Track or Tracks may refer to:
In nature:
  • Animal tracks, imprints left on surfaces that an animal walk across
  • Trackway, an ancient route of travel or track used by animals
In sport:
  • Track cycling, a bicycle racing sport usually held on specially-built banked tracks
  • Athletics (track and field), a collection of sports events that involve running, throwing and jumping; also known as "track and field", "track and field athletics", or just "track" in the US
  • Race track, purpose-built facility for the conducting of races
  • A synonym for cricket pitch, central strip of a cricket field between the wickets
In transport and navigation:
In electronics and computing:
In building:
In audio-visual topics:
  • Soundtrack, the recorded sound accompanying a visual medium such as a motion picture, television show, or video game
  • Track (CD), consecutive set of sectors on the disc containing a block of data
  • Control track, a sychronisation device used in video recording
In music:
In films:
In printed media:
In physics:
  • Event reconstruction of a charged particle's path in relation to a particle accelerator or particle detector
track in Czech: Trať
track in Danish: Dyreveksel
track in German: Track
track in French: Insuffisance de dévers
track in Dutch: Track
track in Polish: Track
track in Russian: Трек
track in Swedish: Spår

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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