Meaning of TRACK in English

I. ˈtrak noun

Etymology: Middle English trak, from Middle French trac

Date: 15th century


a. : detectable evidence (as the wake of a ship, a line of footprints, or a wheel rut) that something has passed

b. : a path made by or as if by repeated footfalls : trail

c. : a course laid out especially for racing

d. : the parallel rails of a railroad


(1) : one of a series of parallel or concentric paths along which material (as music or information) is recorded (as on a phonograph record or magnetic tape)

(2) : a group of grooves on a phonograph record containing recorded sound

(3) : material recorded especially on or as if on a track

a laugh track

instrumental track s

a bonus commentary track on a DVD

f. : a usually metal way (as a groove) serving as a guide (as for a movable lighting fixture)

2. : a footprint whether recent or fossil

the huge track of a dinosaur


a. : the course along which something moves or progresses

b. : a way of life, conduct, or action

c. : one of several curricula of study to which students are assigned according to their needs or levels of ability

d. : the projection on the earth's surface of the path along which something (as a missile or an airplane) has flown


a. : a sequence of events : a train of ideas : succession

b. : an awareness of a fact, progression, or condition

keep track of the costs

lose track of the time


a. : the width of a wheeled vehicle from wheel to wheel and usually from the outside of the rims

b. : the tread of an automobile tire

c. : either of two endless belts on which a tracklaying vehicle travels

6. : track-and-field sports ; especially : those performed on a running track

Synonyms: see trace

• track·less ˈtrak-ləs adjective

- in one's tracks

- on track

II. verb

Date: 1565

transitive verb


a. : to follow the tracks or traces of : trail

b. : to search for by following evidence until found

track down the source


a. : to follow by vestiges : trace

b. : to observe or plot the moving path of (as a spacecraft or missile) often instrumentally

3. : to travel over : traverse

track a desert


a. : to make tracks upon

b. : to carry (as mud) on the feet and deposit

5. : to keep track of (as a trend) : follow

intransitive verb

1. : travel

a comet track ing eastward


a. of a phonograph needle : to follow the groove undulations of a recording

b. of a pair of wheels

(1) : to maintain a constant distance apart on the straightaway

(2) : to fit a track or rails

c. of a rear wheel of a vehicle : to follow accurately the corresponding fore wheel on a straightaway

3. : to leave tracks (as on a floor)

• track·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.