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

  • n. A lightly armored military motor vehicle having continuous tracks in the rear for power and conventional wheels in front for steering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vehicle combining both wheels and treads (caterpillar tracks).
  • adj. Describing such a vehicle; half-tracked

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having caterpillar treads on the rear and wheels in front.
  • n. a half-tracked vehicle; -- used mostly of armored military vehicles.

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

  • adj. having caterpillar treads on the rear and wheels in front
  • n. a motor vehicle propelled by half tracks; frequently used by the military
  • n. a track that goes around only rear wheels


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  • Link johnny drove the half-track because we could not find a jeep

    a little drop of poison in the red red blood

  • Molly brought three packs out from the back of the half-track, and Peter threw the last small bits of concrete away from where Cal was working.

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  • At this time we could hear and see the German half-track vehicles entering Lamia, thus effectively cutting off our retreat in that direction even if we had transport.

    Alan Glass

  • Members of the Fauquier School Board figured that if Stribling could drive a half-track, he could drive a school bus.

    Fauquier school bus driver recalls taking students to Jennie Dean School

  • The Israeli embassy decided not to make an issue of the half-track snafu, but Senators Hubert H.

    Eisenhower 1956

  • Matters had been made worse by the fuss over the American shipment of arms and ammunition to Saudi Arabia and the announcement about the roadblock to delivering half-track vehicles to Israel.64

    Eisenhower 1956

  • Unknown to the White House or the State Department, on May 10, a Customs Bureau official in New York had blocked the shipment of twenty-one Army surplus half-track vehicles with caterpillar treads in the back and conventional wheels in front to Israel because they were not covered by a valid export license.

    Eisenhower 1956

  •  It bounces into the street and slides a couple meters down the roadway until it's run over and crushed by a half-track full of rifle-brandishing yrkhs.

    Better Alive Than Dead

  • As they climbed the long, sloping trail they had entered by, the half-track was clipped by a few parting shots.

    The Black Madonna

  • The aim, as with the design of a whole family of partially tracked personnel and transport vehicles the equivalent to the American half-track was the replacement of wheeled and towed field and antitank guns as well as the elimination of truck-borne infantry.



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  • Tanks clank and clack, as halftracks attack flatcars and tramcars: bang, bang."

    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 29

    May 20, 2010