Definitions for: Track


[n] the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
[n] a course over which races are run
[n] any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
[n] a bar or bars of rolled steel making a track along which vehicles can roll
[n] a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
[n] a groove on a phonograph recording
[n] (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data
[n] an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground
[n] evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[v] make tracks upon
[v] travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
[v] go after with the intent to catch
[v] carry (as mud) on the feet and deposit
[v] observe or plot the moving path of something (e.g., a target or missile)



Webster (1913) Definition: Track, n. [OF. trac track of horses, mules, trace of
animals; of Teutonic origin; cf.D. trek a drawing, trekken to
draw, travel, march, MHG. trechen, pret. trach. Cf. Trick.]
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.

The bright track of his fiery car. --Shak.

2. A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or
beast; trace; vestige; footprint.

Far from track of men. --Milton.

3. (Zo["o]l.) The entire lower surface of the foot; -- said
of birds, etc.

4. A road; a beaten path.

Behold Torquatus the same track pursue. --Dryden.

5. Course; way; as, the track of a comet.

6. A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.

7. (Railroad) The permanent way; the rails.

8. [Perhaps a mistake for tract.] A tract or area, as of
land. [Obs.] ``Small tracks of ground.'' --Fuller.

Track scale, a railway scale. See under Railway.


Track, v. t. [imp. & p. p. tracked; p. pr. & vb. n.
tracking.]
To follow the tracks or traces of; to pursue by following the
marks of the feet; to trace; to trail; as, to track a deer in
the snow.

It was often found impossible to track the robbers to
their retreats among the hills and morasses.
--Macaulay.

2. (Naut.) To draw along continuously, as a vessel, by a
line, men or animals on shore being the motive power; to
tow.

Synonyms: cart track, cartroad, caterpillar track, caterpillar tread, chase, chase after, course, cover, cross, cut, cut across, cut through, data track, dog, get across, get over, go after, lead, pass over, path, racecourse, racetrack, raceway, rail, rails, running, tag, tail, trail, trail, traverse

See Also: artefact, artifact, bar, belt, belt, bridge, bring in, channel, chase away, cinder track, circuit, collision course, course, create, crisscross, dirt track, dispel, drive, drive away, drive off, drive out, evidence, excerpt, extract, follow, ford, go across, go through, groove, grounds, half track, hop, hound, hunt, inside track, inside track, introduce, itinerary, jaywalk, line, make, observe, pass, path, portage, pursue, quest, racing circuit, railroad, railroad track, railway, road, round, route, run down, run off, selection, speedway, steps, streetcar track, stretch, stride, swath, tag along, take, third rail, trace, track and field, track meet, tracked vehicle, trail, trail, tramline, tramp, tramway, turn back, walk

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