Meaning of TRACK in English
/ træk; NAmE / noun , verb
[ C ] a rough path or road, usually one that has not been built but that has been made by people walking there :
a muddy track through the forest
—see also cart track
MARKS ON GROUND
[ C , usually pl. ] marks left by a person, an animal or a moving vehicle :
We followed the bear's tracks in the snow.
[ C , U ] rails that a train moves along :
railway / railroad tracks
India has thousands of miles of track.
[ C ] ( NAmE ) a track with a number at a train station that a train arrives at or leaves from :
The train for Chicago is on track 9.
➡ note at platform
[ C ] a piece of ground with a special surface for people, cars, etc. to have races on :
a running track
a Formula One Grand Prix track (= for motor racing)
—see also dirt track (2), track and field
DIRECTION / COURSE
[ C ] the path or direction that sb/sth is moving in :
Police are on the track of (= searching for) the thieves.
She is on the fast track to promotion (= will get it quickly) .
—see also one-track mind
ON TAPE / CD
[ C ] a piece of music or song on a record, tape or CD :
a track from their latest album
[ C ] part of a tape or computer disk that music or information can be recorded on :
a sixteen track recording studio
She sang on the backing track.
—see also soundtrack
[ C ] a pole or rail that a curtain moves along
ON LARGE VEHICLE
[ C ] a continuous belt of metal plates around the wheels of a large vehicle such as a bulldozer that allows it to move over the ground
- back on track
- be on track
- keep / lose track of sb/sth
- make tracks
- on the right / wrong track
- stop / halt sb in their tracks | stop / halt / freeze in your tracks
—more at beat verb , cover verb , hot adjective , wrong adjective
to find sb/sth by following the marks, signs, information, etc., that they have left behind them :
[ vn ]
hunters tracking and shooting bears
[also v ]
to follow the movements of sb/sth, especially by using special electronic equipment :
[ vn ]
We continued tracking the plane on our radar.
[also v wh- ]
to follow the progress or development of sb/sth :
[ vn ]
The research project involves tracking the careers of 400 graduates.
[also v wh- ]
—see also fast-track
[ v + adv. / prep. ] to move in relation to the thing that is being filmed :
The camera eventually tracked away.
[ vn ] ( NAmE ) = stream (4)
[ vn ] ( especially NAmE ) to leave dirty marks behind you as you walk :
Don't track mud on my clean floor.
- track sb/sth down
late 15th cent. (in the sense trail, marks left behind ): the noun from Old French trac , perhaps from Low German or Dutch trek draught, drawing; the verb (current senses dating from the mid 16th cent.) from French traquer or directly from the noun.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005