Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mark or succession of marks left by something that has passed.
  • n. A path, route, or course indicated by such marks: an old wagon track through the mountains.
  • n. A path along which something moves; a course: following the track of an airplane on radar.
  • n. A course of action; a method of proceeding: on the right track for solving the puzzle.
  • n. An intended or proper course: putting a stalled project back on track.
  • n. A succession of ideas; a train of thought.
  • n. Awareness of something occurring or passing: keeping track of the score; lost all track of time.
  • n. Sports A course laid out for running or racing.
  • n. Sports Athletic competition on such a course; track events.
  • n. Sports Track and field.
  • n. A rail or set of parallel rails upon which railroad cars or other vehicles run.
  • n. The boundary, formerly often delineated by train tracks, that separates two neighborhoods of different social class: grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.
  • n. Either of the continuous metal belts with which vehicles such as bulldozers and tanks move over the ground.
  • n. A metal groove or ridge that holds, guides, and reduces friction for a moving device or apparatus.
  • n. Any of several courses of study to which students are assigned according to ability, achievement, or needs: academic, vocational, and general tracks.
  • n. A distinct path, as along a length of film or magnetic tape, on which sound, images, or other information is recorded.
  • n. A distinct selection from a sound recording, such as a phonograph record or compact disk, usually containing an individual work or part of a larger work: the title track of an album.
  • n. One of the separate sound recordings that are combined so as to be heard simultaneously, as in stereophonic sound reproduction: mixed the vocal track and instrumental track.
  • n. Computer Science One of the concentric magnetic rings that form the separate data storage areas on a floppy disk or a hard disk.
  • n. Slang Needle marks on the skin from multiple intravenous injections, considered an indication of habitual drug use.
  • transitive v. To follow the tracks of; trail: tracking game through the forest.
  • transitive v. To move over or along; traverse.
  • transitive v. To carry on the shoes and deposit: tracked mud on the rug.
  • transitive v. To observe or monitor the course of (aircraft, for example), as by radar.
  • transitive v. To observe the progress of; follow: tracking the company's performance daily.
  • transitive v. To equip with a track.
  • transitive v. To assign (a student) to a curricular track.
  • intransitive v. To move along a track.
  • intransitive v. To follow a course; travel.
  • intransitive v. To keep a constant distance apart. Used of a pair of wheels.
  • intransitive v. To be in alignment.
  • intransitive v. To follow the undulations in the groove of a phonograph record. Used of a needle.
  • intransitive v. To move across magnetic heads. Used of magnetic tape.
  • track down To pursue until found or captured: "When, like a running grave, time tracks you down” ( Dylan Thomas).
  • idiom in (one's) tracks Exactly where one is standing: stopped him right in his tracks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or beast; trace; vestige; footprint.
  • n. The entire lower surface of the foot; said of birds, etc.
  • n. A road; a beaten path.
  • n. Course; way; as, the track of a comet.
  • n. A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.
  • n. The permanent way; the rails.
  • n. A tract or area, as of land.
  • n. The distance between two opposite wheels on a same axletree (also track width)
  • n. Short for caterpillar track.
  • n. The pitch.
  • n. Sound stored on a record.
  • n. The physical track on a record.
  • n. A song or other relatively short piece of music, on a record, separated from others by a short silence
  • n. Circular (never-ending) data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk, divided into sectors.
  • n. The racing events of track and field; track and field in general.
  • n. A session talk on a conference.
  • v. To observe the (measured) state of an object over time
  • v. To monitor the movement of a person or object.
  • v. To discover the location of a person or object (usually in the form track down).
  • v. To follow the tracks of.
  • v. To leave in the form of tracks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mark left by something that has passed along
  • n. A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or beast; trace; vestige; footprint.
  • n. The entire lower surface of the foot; -- said of birds, etc.
  • n. A road; a beaten path.
  • n. Course; way.
  • n. A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.
  • n. The permanent way; the rails.
  • n. A tract or area, as of land.
  • transitive v. To follow the tracks or traces of; to pursue by following the marks of the feet; to trace; to trail.
  • transitive v. To draw along continuously, as a vessel, by a line, men or animals on shore being the motive power; to tow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To follow a track, or to proceed along a certain definite route.
  • To tow.
  • To draw; specifically, to draw or tow (a boat) by a line reaching from the vessel to the bank or shore.
  • To draw out; protract; delay.
  • To follow up the tracks of; follow by the tracks or traces left by that which is followed; trace; trail.
  • To ascertain by means of existing traces or remains; trace.
  • To trace, follow, or mark out plainly.
  • To make tracks over; traverse: as, to track the desert.
  • To make marks upon, as with wet or muddy feet.
  • n. A feature; lineament.
  • n. A mark left by something that has passed along: as, the track of a ship (a wake): the track of a wagon (a rut).
  • n. A mark or an impression left by the foot, whether of man or beast; a footprint; specifically, in paleontology, an ichnite or ichnolite; a fossil footprint, or cast of an extinct animal's foot. Compare trace, 1, and trail, 2.
  • n. A road; a path; a trail.
  • n. A course followed; a way of going or proceeding: as, the track of a comet.
  • n. The course or path laid out for horse-, foot-, bicycle-, or other races: as, a cinder track; a track of six laps to the mile.
  • n. The two continuous lines of rails on which railway-cars run, forming, together with the ties, ballast, switches, etc., an essential part of the permanent way: as, a single track; a double track; to cross the track. See cut under switch.
  • n. In anatomy, the course of a vessel, nerve, duct, etc.
  • n. In zoology, the sole of the foot.
  • n. = Syn. 3–6. Road, Path, etc. (see way), trail, pathway.
  • n. A tract of land.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. carry on the feet and deposit
  • v. make tracks upon
  • n. evidence pointing to a possible solution
  • n. any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
  • v. go after with the intent to catch
  • n. a groove on a phonograph recording
  • v. observe or plot the moving path of something
  • n. the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
  • n. a line or route along which something travels or moves
  • n. a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
  • v. travel across or pass over
  • n. a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll
  • n. (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data
  • n. a course over which races are run
  • n. an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground
  • n. a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc

Etymologies

Middle English trak, from Old French trac, perhaps of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(noun) From Old French trac (French: traque), from a Germanic source akin to Old Norse traðk "trodden place, track" (norw. trakke "to trample"), Dutch: trek, Middle Low German: treck. (Wiktionary)

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  • The new songs, though, forfeit the elegance of her classic material in favor of sheen and rougher texture, as with the title track, which is more beat-driven than anything she's ever done.

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  • Only two songs on this departure album bare any pop sounds at all; the bouncy 'All This Time', wisely chosen as the first single, and the title track, which is led by the big drum sound of Manu Katche and the light guitar riffs of Dominic Miller.

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  • The same voice also sings the title track, which is beautiful in its simplicity as the piano and guitar meld together striking poignant chords.

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  • The title track, which is the most satisfying and vibrant on the new album, kicks off with the sound of a guitar that emulates a bagpipe.

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