Meaning of TRACK in English

TRACK

/ træk; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

ROUGH PATH

1.

[ 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

2.

[ C , usually pl. ] marks left by a person, an animal or a moving vehicle :

We followed the bear's tracks in the snow.

tyre tracks

FOR TRAIN

3.

[ C , U ] rails that a train moves along :

railway / railroad tracks

India has thousands of miles of track.

4.

[ 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

FOR RACES

5.

[ 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

6.

[ 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

7.

[ C ] a piece of music or song on a record, tape or CD :

a track from their latest album

8.

[ 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

FOR CURTAIN

9.

[ C ] a pole or rail that a curtain moves along

ON LARGE VEHICLE

10.

[ 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

IDIOMS

- 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

■ verb

FOLLOW

1.

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 ]

2.

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- ]

3.

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

OF CAMERA

4.

[ v + adv. / prep. ] to move in relation to the thing that is being filmed :

The camera eventually tracked away.

SCHOOL STUDENTS

5.

[ vn ] ( NAmE ) = stream (4)

LEAVE MARKS

6.

[ vn ] ( especially NAmE ) to leave dirty marks behind you as you walk :

Don't track mud on my clean floor.

PHRASAL VERBS

- track sb/sth down

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WORD ORIGIN

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.