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track  (trk)
n.
1.
a. A mark or succession of marks left by something that has passed.
b. A path, route, or course indicated by such marks: an old wagon track through the mountains.
2. A path along which something moves; a course: following the track of an airplane on radar.
3.
a. A course of action; a method of proceeding: on the right track for solving the puzzle.
b. An intended or proper course: putting a stalled project back on track.
4. A succession of ideas; a train of thought.
5. Awareness of something occurring or passing: keeping track of the score; lost all track of time.
6. Sports
a. A course laid out for running or racing.
b. Athletic competition on such a course; track events.
c. Track and field.
7. A rail or set of parallel rails upon which railroad cars or other vehicles run.
8. tracks 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.
9. Either of the continuous metal belts with which vehicles such as bulldozers and tanks move over the ground.
10. A metal groove or ridge that holds, guides, and reduces friction for a moving device or apparatus.
11. Any of several courses of study to which students are assigned according to ability, achievement, or needs: academic, vocational, and general tracks.
12.
a. A distinct path, as along a length of film or magnetic tape, on which sound, images, or other information is recorded.
b. 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.
c. 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.
13. Computer Science One of the concentric magnetic rings that form the separate data storage areas on a floppy disk or a hard disk.
14. tracks Slang Needle marks on the skin from multiple intravenous injections, considered an indication of habitual drug use.
v. tracked, track·ing, tracks
v.tr.
1. To follow the tracks of; trail: tracking game through the forest.
2. To move over or along; traverse.
3. To carry on the shoes and deposit: tracked mud on the rug.
4. To observe or monitor the course of (aircraft, for example), as by radar.
5. To observe the progress of; follow: tracking the companys performance daily.
6. To equip with a track.
7. To assign (a student) to a curricular track.
v.intr.
1. To move along a track.
2. To follow a course; travel.
3. To keep a constant distance apart. Used of a pair of wheels.
4. To be in alignment.
5.
a. To follow the undulations in the groove of a phonograph record. Used of a needle.
b. To move across magnetic heads. Used of magnetic tape.
Phrasal Verb:
track down
To pursue until found or captured: When, like a running grave, time tracks you down (Dylan Thomas).
Idiom:
in (ones) tracks
Exactly where one is standing: stopped him right in his tracks.

[Middle English trak, from Old French trac, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

tracka·ble adj.
tracker n.


track  /trk/  n. 1 an oval-shaped path used for running: Competitors raced each other around the track. 2 metal rails or concrete paths for railroad, subway trains, etc.: Railroad trains roll along steel tracks as they travel. 3 signs of movement of s.t., such as footprints, paw marks, or tire marks: Hunters followed the lions tracks. 4 to cover ones tracks: to make sure that ones actions are defensible or kept secret: He covers his tracks by never putting anything in writing, so that later he can deny that he made any commitments. 5 to keep or lose track of s.t.: to pay sharp attention to s.t., remain aware: He keeps track of his expenses by writing them in a notebook.||I lost track of my old friend after he moved away. 6 infrml.fig. to make tracks: to move quickly toward s.t.: When I heard of the sale, I made tracks for the store immediately. 7 to stop in ones tracks: to stop quickly, often in fear or shock: The dog barked and charged, but the owner stopped it in its tracks.
v. [T] 1 to go after: Hunters track deer. 2 to follow the movement of s.t.: Technicians tracked the satellite through its orbits. 3 to make a mess with ones shoes (boots, etc.): Workers tracked mud into the house on their boots. 4 phrasal v. sep. to track s.t. down: to hunt down, search for: I tracked down that book in the library.||I tracked it down.
adj.fig. 1 off track: stopped, derailed: The project got knocked off track by a delay in a shipment of parts. 2 on track: on schedule, performing well: The project is on track and moving along nicely. track

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