Main definitions of track in English

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noun

  • 1A rough path or road, typically one beaten by use rather than constructed.

    ‘follow the track to the farm’
    • ‘Older people recall walking directly over the frozen snow from point to point rather than following the track of the road hidden beneath the snow.’
    • ‘The Park offers the complete day out with an extensive range of waymarked paths, picnic areas, forest roads and tracks.’
    • ‘He would trace the paths of tracks and highways and railroads, and at night, while he lay waiting for sleep, he would recite the names of maps in his deep, soft voice.’
    • ‘The race is run over 22 miles and takes competitors through open moorland and on farm tracks, footpaths and roads.’
    • ‘Forest paths, moorland tracks and riverside footpaths, with some short sections along quiet country lanes.’
    • ‘Fully equipped with a week's worth of rations, our progress from this city of contradictions leaves behind the tarmac road for rough tracks of sand and stone.’
    • ‘The North Yorkshire Moors has numerous forest tracks and many minor roads and this, coupled with its fine scenery, make it arguably the best cycling area in the region.’
    • ‘The acting team leader instigated a full team call-out, instructing team members to meet at the campsite before commencing a search of the forest tracks and paths.’
    • ‘Descend through the forest where various tracks and paths take you to the B970 at Coylumbridge, two miles from Aviemore.’
    • ‘Leave the road and follow farm and forest tracks through the Garadhban Forest.’
    • ‘Walking the region's historic paths and forest tracks, you will come across vignerons so proud of their produce that they'll insist you sample each grape variety.’
    • ‘Follow the track to a minor road and turn right to reach a main road.’
    • ‘The race - which has been run since 1519 - is run over four miles and covers fields, farm tracks and roads.’
    • ‘After a spooky tunnel we were out in the sunshine and on Long Lane, the first of three tracks, and a rather austere mile to start with.’
    • ‘Accessible only by a dirt path which runs off a single track road, it's about as far from the heady glamour of Hollywood as you can imagine.’
    • ‘Mike has a love of rough tracks and we follow a number of them during the day, emerging at the end of one at a natural pool, formed by a tufa dam, in the midst of a gently-flowing creek.’
    • ‘I followed scars posing as roads and faded tracks not shown on any map yet drawn.’
    • ‘Nowadays, most hill walkers climb Ben Ledi from the east, using a combination of hill tracks and forestry paths.’
    • ‘The terrain throughout the run featured roads, and rougher pilgrim tracks through the mountains.’
    • ‘Take the shooters' track on the left that is resurfaced and curls round to head northeast.’
    path, pathway, footpath, lane, trail, route, way, course
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    1. 1.1A prepared course or circuit for athletes, horses, motor vehicles, bicycles, or dogs to race on.
      ‘a Formula One Grand Prix track’
      • ‘The sale was conducted in a tent on the Saratoga Race Course backstretch with sale horses stabled at the track.’
      • ‘The action came during Thursday's meeting of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission when all three of the state's tracks got racing days.’
      • ‘The October yearling sale will be held during the track's annual fall race meeting.’
      • ‘Betting is currently allowed at official booths at dog and horse racing tracks, and some bookmakers are authorized to place odds on some sports events.’
      • ‘He said he prefers to buy horses to race at the tracks in the Northeast and looks for horses with good pedigrees for resale as stallion and broodmare prospects.’
      • ‘He and 50,000 inhabitants of the Italian town of Siena go wild twice a year when their town square is transformed into a horse track for a biennial race.’
      • ‘But that doesn't mean you can't find affordable ways to get into race marketing at local tracks or through smaller circuits.’
      • ‘Three courses - Lingfield, Southwell and Wolverhampton - have all-weather tracks although no jump races are held there.’
      • ‘She beamed as she entered the stadium and finished her race as the lone athlete on the track.’
      • ‘Extreme wind gusts forced the cancellation of live racing at the Maryland track after the third race on Saturday.’
      • ‘He refused the offer because he had only been back at the track riding horses in the mornings for five days.’
      • ‘For second offenses, trainers will be prohibited from entering horses at the track for 15 days.’
      • ‘The tight, banked bends on indoor tracks mean a tall athlete with a long stride length will struggle in the 200m and 400m.’
      • ‘I like to call it beginner's luck and invoke the empirical evidence at horse racing tracks and Las Vegas casinos.’
      • ‘One of the provisions of the policy will make it feasible for out-of-state trainers to race horses in California when their home tracks are closed.’
      • ‘In addition to horse racing, the territory even has a greyhound track where sleek canines race a mechanical rabbit.’
      • ‘She has clear memories of the season her father bought her favourite race track.’
      • ‘When we test, we also try to find the worst track conditions possible.’
      • ‘I was always better at the high speed stuff on tracks, rather than the road stuff.’
      • ‘They're dedicated to promoting racing on the track rather than the street.’
      course, racecourse
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    2. 1.2mass noun The sport of running on a track.
      ‘the four running disciplines of track, road, country, and fell’
      • ‘Growing up, he loved sports, participating in track and basketball.’
      • ‘My dad would take her fishing and get her involved in sports like track and basketball.’
      • ‘Some may say that track is an individual sport, I tend to disagree.’
      • ‘Not so many years ago I could proudly say that Richmond had the best soccer, track and other sports facilities in the Lower Mainland.’
      • ‘He had a really light build, perfect for track and swimming, which were his two favorite sports.’
      • ‘In high school my daughters were both involved in sports activities - cross country, basketball, and track.’
      • ‘At an early age, Arnold became involved in a variety of sports, including soccer, track, boxing and swimming.’
      • ‘As a young man he excelled in all the major sports; baseball, basketball, football and track.’
      • ‘In our team, medals can come from anywhere: sprints, distance, track or field, male or female, individual or relay.’
      • ‘He is a GB Modern Pentathlete and 1500m northern track champion.’
      • ‘But mountain biking is an obscure cousin in the celebrity sports family of World Cup soccer and Olympic track.’
      • ‘In college baseball, tennis, track, golf, swimming and other campus sports, the machinery is smooth.’
      • ‘She started to sprint harder, just as she had done in for track.’
      • ‘Wearing sports suits from China, prisoners competed in track and field, boxing and basketball.’
      • ‘I think she might go on to be the biggest British track star of the next few years…’
      • ‘Number three on the sporting calendar was last Friday's primary school track meet.’
      • ‘Tomorrow was the track meet and her date, so she was a little excited.’
      • ‘Syrians also enjoying swimming, tennis, track meets, and ping-pong tournaments.’
  • 2usually tracksA mark or line of marks left by a person, animal, or vehicle in passing.

    ‘he followed the tracks made by the cars in the snow’
    • ‘We see animal and bird tracks similarly marked, animals and birds themselves, often in outline, infilled, or as stick figures.’
    • ‘A great stride forward was made in recognising Aboriginal dreaming tracks, marking the journey of spiritual ancestors in central Australia.’
    • ‘Nearing the border, they left the tarmac of the main road and began to bounce across the rutted sand, following in the tracks of the vehicles which had already passed the same way.’
    • ‘It's hard to see, but there are some animal tracks in the picture.’
    • ‘On a recent day, a raccoon's tracks mark the surf-soaked sand.’
    • ‘There may well not be any big game in view but there will always be birds, insects, flora and animal tracks to look at, discuss and interpret.’
    • ‘Deep tracks and skid marks were left on greens after the hooligans damaged them.’
    • ‘The footprints of tribes - and neighbouring animals - cut tracks in the vegetation and the soil.’
    • ‘These show footprints, burrows, tracks, or other marks made during the course of an organism's lifetime.’
    • ‘Reading the tracks of a person - footprints or vehicle tracks - rarely aims at finding out where that someone is.’
    • ‘Theo murmured that these were animal tracks that we were following, not human, but I pushed on until we turned a corner and met a curved lip of eroded rock.’
    • ‘They stayed away from the trail, cutting across country, following animal tracks where they could to avoid unseen obstacles.’
    • ‘Inexperienced dogs tend to lose the trail and end up following other animal tracks.’
    • ‘On the ceiling of the cave, animal tracks can be seen, and there are fossils of many marine creatures - plus a bird fossil which looks like a chicken.’
    • ‘These had been removed with surgical precision and there were no tracks near the animal that would enable determining exactly what attacked it.’
    • ‘Animal tracks, illuminated by the moon's light, told of how various forms of wildlife frequented this place of tranquility.’
    • ‘Field observations were verified using a field guide of animal tracks.’
    • ‘Animal tracks, such as those of this baby loggerhead turtle, are most easily seen in snow, mud, or sand.’
    • ‘Keep them interested by making snow angels or looking for animal tracks.’
    • ‘But soon, they realized that the matted snow on these popular roads hid their tracks better than did the more subtle paths.’
    traces, marks, impressions, prints, imprints
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    1. 2.1The course or route followed by someone or something (used especially in talking about their pursuit by others)
      ‘I didn't want them on my track’
      • ‘And, even if I can't follow his peripatetic tracks around the globe, I can enjoy his travels vicariously.’
      • ‘I follow his tracks, cursing and grumbling: Where does he think he's going in this weather?’
      • ‘Complications began to arise as he followed her tracks.’
      • ‘What I didn't know was that the groom had followed my tracks.’
      • ‘Most of the characters follow such tracks, nonetheless, hoping to find solace away from Rivière au Sel.’
      • ‘Start the new season with the right foot by checking out the stylish shoes that'll make all the ladies want to follow your tracks.’
      • ‘Follow the tracks of past users through China, Italy, Major League Baseball.’
      • ‘I followed his tracks for weeks, but he was always one step ahead of me.’
      course, path, line, orbit, route, way, trajectory, flight path
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    2. 2.2A course of action or line of thought.
      ‘in terms of social arrangements, you are not too far off the track’
      • ‘In Western Europe, the defence and revision of the myths have run along different tracks.’
      • ‘In recent decades, marching band traditions in the United States have evolved along decidedly different cultural tracks.’
      • ‘The two painters went on very different tracks afterward.’
      • ‘Fluency was the ability to generate several ideas on the same track, flexibility involved being able to produce ideas on several different tracks.’
      • ‘Even as both prepare to move into different tracks, it is evident that their involvement with the feminist movement and publishing are their foremost passions.’
      • ‘I had said plenty of impulsive and strange things before, and had suggested many many different career tracks, but I had never said this before.’
      • ‘That first weekend grew into a long-distance friendship that continued while the two spent the next few years on different tracks.’
      • ‘Unfortunately my mouth and mind are often on different tracks.’
      • ‘And if you have a combination of players, different tracks will develop.’
      • ‘They are hard grafters, but from very different tracks.’
      • ‘They are different tracks, and people should stop using that talking point.’
      • ‘We're definitely concerned, but hopeful and optimistic that everything finally will go along the right track.’
      • ‘The two campaigns are likely to run along parallel tracks.’
  • 3A continuous line of rails on a railway.

    ‘commuters had to leave trains to walk along the tracks’
    mass noun ‘130 kilometres of track’
    • ‘Until Beeching there was a twin track railway line along here.’
    • ‘Why it was sent over the Hudson River bridge onto the single track main line I don't know.’
    • ‘Motorists watched in amazement as a 30 ft fountain of water caused an explosion on the electricity lines above a railway track.’
    • ‘He was with me while we walked along railway tracks and picked up empty cigarette packets, which I collected.’
    • ‘He tried to prove that the rotation of the Earth puts pressure on the same rail of a straight track of a railway irrespective of the direction of travel.’
    • ‘The issue of continuous-welded railway tracks has been involved in arguments about buckling.’
    • ‘Then suddenly we were not on the train anymore but were walking along the railway track itself.’
    • ‘Construction on the first section of light rail tracks will begin next month.’
    • ‘After the invention of the electrical telegraph in 1839, telegraph lines were laid alongside all the major railway tracks.’
    • ‘However, if we look down a long stretch of straight parallel lines, such as a pair of railway tracks, they appear to meet.’
    • ‘Turn right immediately after the railway tracks into Depot Square.’
    • ‘Years ago railway tracks would run along this path.’
    • ‘At the meeting, it was stated that there would be a further inspection of the carriages, locomotives and railway tracks.’
    • ‘And it would not be affected by problems that can paralyse present railway tracks, like leaves on the line and wear and tear.’
    • ‘The train suddenly increased speed and jumped the tracks after leaving Waterfall railway station, about 40 kilometres south of Sydney.’
    • ‘Her model could be used to keep railway tracks in stations clean.’
    • ‘Houses and flats have been built where the railway tracks were laid in the 1860s.’
    • ‘Ellen and her daughter would return home the way they had come, by following the railroad track.’
    • ‘At the westernmost end was the old swing gate that covered the railway tracks coming into the harbour.’
    • ‘However, because Arrow trains require a different gauge track, a new line needs to be put down.’
    rail, line
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    1. 3.1A metal or plastic strip or rail along which a curtain or spotlight may be moved.
      • ‘Spotlights move in a track that's mounted diagonally, following the angle of the stairs overhead.’
      • ‘The platform was placed on wheels, which were free to move along a level metal track.’
      • ‘Wax curtain rods and tracks before hanging curtains, as this will help them slide more easily.’
      • ‘Lights scattered across the ceiling or a track of spotlights enable other areas of the room to be lit up, but a more exciting modern alternative is the multi-arm ceiling light.’
      • ‘She hopes the hook appeals to curtain rail and track manufacturers and the general public alike.’
      • ‘The room I'm in is full of shelves on tracks - you move them to get between them and get files out.’
      • ‘The doors are so light a child can push them open or closed, and their slim, custom metal tracks make conventional sliders look prehistorically heavy.’
      • ‘If necessary, remove the horizontal top trim boards alongside the track, using the same method’
    2. 3.2Sailing A strip on the mast, boom, or floor of a yacht along which a slide attached to a sail can be moved, used to adjust the position of the sail.
      ‘The recent damage to the track on the mast where the mainsail is attached is the main focus of her concern, with some tough miles still to come.’
  • 4A recording of one song or piece of music.

    ‘the CD contains early Elvis Presley tracks’
    • ‘They composed the songs, recorded the tracks, edited the music and did all the audio engineering work necessary.’
    • ‘The next song, the title track, melds another downtempo beat with a gentle guitar melody.’
    • ‘Last time out, I discovered a cheap way to do a re-mix, or record an extra track overdubbed onto your music.’
    • ‘Sounding at times like a drunken pop song, the title track is in fact an exhilaratingly happy and twisted piece of work.’
    • ‘Sadly, two of my favorite songs are bonus tracks and were released well over a year ago.’
    • ‘We will be going into the recording studio soon to record some new tracks.’
    • ‘First albums are often collections of tracks recorded over a long period of time.’
    • ‘Although it was not the first track recorded, it proved determinant in how this album would sound.’
    • ‘Some of the b-sides stood up better than the tracks on the record.’
    • ‘Note that there is a bonus audio commentary track with Peter, Graeme, and Nicola.’
    • ‘Starting the disc is a commentary track by the director and a few other production members.’
    • ‘The opening title track features a winning riff, ringing true through the international language of static and feedback.’
    • ‘The song is the title track from the 1984 album.’
    • ‘The many stand-out tracks on this album make it a favorite of most fans.’
    • ‘The singer was used to arriving at a studio to find the backing tracks already recorded.’
    • ‘You can flesh out the rest after you've downloaded this lead-off track from the band's upcoming debut full-length.’
    • ‘Yes, but it's that awful bonus track recorded in 1991.’
    • ‘Two previously unreleased tracks are included on this collection, but it's the earlier work that will get you.’
    • ‘However, most of the time, these unreleased tracks have no redeeming value whatsoever.’
    • ‘There are 17 tracks on this CD, and music from 14 movies.’
    song, recording, number, piece
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    1. 4.1A lengthwise strip of magnetic tape containing one sequence of signals.
      • ‘High track density magnetic media with pitted optical servo tracks and method for stamping the tracks on the media.’
      • ‘Multiple digital read channels may be used to read multiple tracks of an optical disk simultaneously.’
      • ‘A recording surface is segmented into a plurality of radial zones each containing a plurality of concentric tracks on which data may be recorded.’
    2. 4.2The soundtrack of a film or video.
      • ‘On disc one you get the feature film and commentary tracks.’
      • ‘I really hate it when you can't select between audio tracks during the film.’
      • ‘The track for the film is mono, so you're getting about as good as you're gonna get with that kind of mix.’
      • ‘Like the man and his films, his commentary tracks are honest, informative, entertaining and sometimes blunt.’
      • ‘This is an apt track for the film, as it didn't really require a full-blown 5.1 remix.’
      • ‘Then again, are you really complaining that loudly about the lack of a commentary track for this film?’
      • ‘Two commentary tracks supplement the film, one with the Director and members of the crew, the other with the director and members of the cast.’
      • ‘Every one of those discs features commentary tracks and video transfers that leave the big boys shaking in the dirt.’
      • ‘I bet Jackie would be quite happy to chat about any of his films for a featurette or a commentary track!’
      • ‘The movie itself is not an aggressive action film, but the audio track really shines.’
      • ‘The video transfer is quite excellent and the audio track is almost as impressive.’
      • ‘This audio track turns the film into a real comedy instead of an unintended one.’
      • ‘The audio track is mono only, in keeping with the original theatrical release of the film.’
      • ‘All three tracks are totally serviceable, but the surround sound track sounds the best of the bunch by leaps and bounds.’
      • ‘Thankfully, I didn't have to sit through commentary tracks or a production featurette.’
      • ‘It sounds fine for a mono track, but there is some hissing that indicates the film's age.’
      • ‘The mono audio track sounds like what it is.’
      • ‘The mono audio track has been spruced up, and hiss is almost entirely absent.’
      • ‘Also included on this disc is a French mono track as well as English subtitles.’
      • ‘Each episode contains its stereo surround track with which it is broadcast.’
  • 5A continuous articulated metal band around the wheels of a heavy vehicle such as a tank, intended to facilitate movement over rough or soft ground.

    • ‘He entered the circular chamber in a wheelchair, without wheels, instead, tracks like a tank, to push him along.’
    • ‘A vehicle equipped with band tracks will weigh about a ton less than a similar vehicle equipped with metal tracks, which will make it easier to transport by air.’
    • ‘Though other tracked vehicles can tear up soft terrain, our tracks steer much the same as a tire-equipped vehicle.’
    • ‘Overall vehicle weight and flotation provided by the tracks regulate ground pressure.’
    • ‘From the west and south, the elite Namal and Golani Brigades trundled forward, their tank tracks chewing up the sodden ground.’
    • ‘Continuous rubber tracks have a metal infrastructure that is entirely embossed with a continuous rubber loop.’
    • ‘Rudolf could hear the metal of the wheels grind against the metal of the tracks.’
    • ‘Yuri was standing by a small, remote controlled platform on tank tracks which supported a probe that resembled Sputnik.’
    • ‘He grew up under the old Communist system, in a blighted Czechoslovakia whose ambitions for independence had been crushed beneath Soviet tank tracks.’
    1. 5.1Electronics A continuous line of copper or other conductive material on a printed circuit board, used to connect parts of a circuit.
      ‘extremely thin tracks are not able to withstand much heat when soldering’
      • ‘Woven into the jacket are electrically conductive fabric tracks which connect the chip module to a fabric keyboard and built-in speakers in the helmet.’
      • ‘In addition, the printed circuit board comprises a flat flexible support on which the conductor tracks run from the stator to the rotor.’
      • ‘We connect them together with wires or copper tracks to make circuits, but it's the components that do all the work.’
      • ‘After exhaustive testing they found that a long track in the circuit board had functioned as the antenna.’
  • 6The transverse distance between a vehicle's wheels.

    ‘the undercarriage was fully retractable inwards into the wing, with a 90 inch track’
    • ‘Several suggestions were made by Ford engineers to improve its stability, including widening the track width of the vehicle.’
    • ‘The footprint of a vehicle will be calculated by multiplying its wheelbase by its track width.’
    • ‘It also has a wider track by two inches, although the body width is not much different.’
    • ‘The new car has a wider track and larger wheels, which set it off from the versions that have been sold since its launch four years ago.’
    • ‘And there are wider wheels and a wider track, which combine to change the stance of the car.’
  • 7US A group in which schoolchildren of the same age and ability are taught.

verb

[with object]
  • 1Follow the trail or movements of (someone or something), typically in order to find them or note their course.

    ‘secondary radars that track the aircraft in flight’
    ‘he tracked Anna to her room’
    • ‘Alexander does it on foot, following meandering game trails and tracking the animals.’
    • ‘Researchers have found a way to track people's mouse movements in a bid to see how they behave when using the Internet.’
    • ‘I want something that tracks my eye movement on screen, and a key combination which will jump the cursor to where I am looking.’
    • ‘Not only do they help monitor traffic movement but also track suspicious characters.’
    • ‘A trail of blood made tracking the gecko easier.’
    • ‘We can tell whether a consumer likes a pair of shoes by tracking their eye movement.’
    • ‘I tracked the trail right to the other party, but it took me a day to get there.’
    • ‘I'll spare the details of my weekend socializing - you can track my whereabouts by following the links.’
    • ‘They tried to track the person from following the account my paychecks came from.’
    • ‘We can refuse to remake our world in their image: a place of fear and mind control, where citizens are tracked and followed, where people are afraid to look or act different.’
    • ‘They track the radar sweeps of drug surveillance planes to map out gaps in coverage.’
    • ‘The radars picked up and tracked the pieces of the shuttle as they fell to Earth.’
    • ‘Matt said it is following us, tracking us somehow.’
    • ‘More and more, we are living in a society where we are all tracked automatically all of the time.’
    • ‘The aircraft was based on Stealth technology, and is designed not be tracked by radar.’
    • ‘The Norwegian Coastguard closely tracks the movements of dive boats and will probably board yours during your trip.’
    • ‘Unlike satellite tracking devices, it measures light levels to estimate a bird's position.’
    • ‘Step by step, cities like New York must now learn to watch and track everything that moves.’
    • ‘Even at its present speed, the flying saucer's progress was being tracked by another vessel following quietly behind.’
    follow, trail, trace, pursue, shadow, stalk, dog, spoor, hunt, hunt down, chase, hound, course, keep an eye on, keep in sight
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    1. 1.1Note the progress or course of.
      ‘City have been tracking the striker since the summer’
      • ‘The agency has created a linked system that connects its careers service with school and social services so that an individual's progress can be tracked and mapped more efficiently.’
      • ‘You can also find programs to monitor and track your child's online activity.’
      • ‘The progress of various dust control initiatives can be tracked against these on-site measurements.’
      • ‘Writing down what you do removes all the guesswork and accurately tracks your progress.’
      • ‘In one study, researchers tracked the progress of 281 women enrolled in a smoking cessation program.’
    2. 1.2no object, with adverbial of direction Follow a particular course.
      ‘the storm was tracking across the ground at 30 mph’
      • ‘The gallery is a short walk from campus - just follow the train tracks southbound.’
      • ‘The tropical storm is tracking toward the Gulf of Mexico.’
      • ‘It could be days, for all we know, as far as what the storm is tracking at this point.’
      • ‘We'll watch this storm as it tracks through the northeast.’
    3. 1.3(of a stylus) follow (a groove in a record)
      ‘the pickup's stylus must faithfully track undulations’
      no object ‘the DT1 tracks exceptionally well’
    4. 1.4no object, with adverbial of direction (of a film or television camera) move in relation to the subject being filmed.
      ‘the camera eventually tracked away’
      • ‘A line of description at the bottom of the last page that sends the camera slowly tracking back… so the audience can catch its breath gather its thoughts, and leave the cinema with dignity.’
      • ‘Move with your camera and take tracking or dollying shots.’
      • ‘Suppose the camera is tracking in, following a bad guy's footsteps.’
      • ‘The camera tracked around them portentously as they sat at glowing laptops in a dimly-lit smoky room and, bit by bit, revealed the purported secret of Christie's success.’
      • ‘The camera slowly tracked across the hillside to where six small mounds of earth were covered with stones.’
      • ‘This camera only pans to the right, so if fights move to the left the camera has to track 360 degrees to catch up.’
      • ‘These entrapment images are supplemented by yet another cage metaphor, created on this occasion by the camera tracking the two men from behind the railings.’
      • ‘One participant is filmed against a blue screen while another controls a camera which tracks over a miniature of the staircase.’
      • ‘In fact, the general rule is that the camera should always be moving… tracking, trailing or zooming.’
      • ‘With cameras tracking their every intimate just- married moment, these newlyweds have the hottest reality show on TV.’
      • ‘The camera plays along, tracking sometimes the travel of the balloon, sometimes that of a person, sometimes lingering on an empty seat cushion until the balloon is placed there.’
  • 2no object (of wheels) run so that the back ones are exactly in the track of the front ones.

    • ‘I've just had my wheels tracked 'cause I thought that was the problem.’
    • ‘Oh my car has stopped oversteering after I got my wheels tracked.’
    • ‘They balanced and tracked the wheels to no avail.’
  • 3Electronics
    no object (of a tunable circuit or component) vary in frequency in the same way as another circuit or component, so that the frequency difference between them remains constant.

    ‘The system will contain a more sophisticated heading sensor as well as more advanced tracking and stabilizing circuits.’
    ‘For nearly four decades chips have tracked Moore's Law, doubling their transistor count every two years.’

Phrases

    in one's tracks
    informal
    • Where one or something is at that moment; suddenly.

      ‘Turner immediately stopped dead in his tracks’
      • ‘Suddenly, he stops in his tracks as if he is getting a message from the great beyond.’
      • ‘Suddenly, I stopped in my tracks, causing some guy of roller blades behind me to serve and hit a rock on the pavement.’
      • ‘He suddenly stopped dead in his tracks with an extremely amused look on his face.’
      • ‘He suddenly stopped in his tracks and appeared to be staring at something in the yard.’
      • ‘That member should have been stopped in his tracks from the very moment he got to his feet.’
      • ‘That was why the Janitor who pursued them earlier had halted so suddenly in his tracks.’
      • ‘Michael suddenly stopped dead in his tracks and looked has if he was about to faint.’
      • ‘Then she suddenly stopped in her tracks and went over to the window.’
      • ‘Heavens above, I don't think that expression of view is going to sort of stop communications policy in its tracks.’
      • ‘While these campy interludes are good for a few laughs, after the first one they quickly become interminable and stop the film dead in its tracks.’
    make tracks (for)
    informal
    • Leave (for a place)

      ‘I suppose I ought to be making tracks’
      ‘we made tracks for home’
      • ‘This is an uplifting theatrical experience that is well worth making tracks for.’
      • ‘At about 9 p.m., when it was obvious that there wasn't going to be anything terribly stimulating going on, Shane and Junior started making tracks.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, anxious Americans unable to find a flu shot at home are making tracks north.’
      • ‘With the British section of our Ontario travels finished, we decide to make tracks, but not before comparing the ski facilities in Vienna, Ontario with those of the more northerly Zurich, Ontario.’
      • ‘It is starting to get dark, and we make tracks back to the car, Sally accidentally performing a spectacular cartoon trip over an exposed branch on the way.’
      • ‘But next weekend the cartoon cats will leave the great outdoors and make tracks to the National Railway Museum.’
      • ‘Filled with memories of things past, I made tracks to The Empire Diner on New Year's Day, and sat at the black lacquered bar allowing an ice-cube to melt lazily on my tongue.’
      • ‘I prayed for the song to end, handed over a 20 and made tracks to the bar.’
      • ‘It was time to make tracks, so we packed up camp and headed back to our depot at Seay Peak, arriving in the early afternoon after a pleasant and uneventful sledge journey.’
      • ‘After our three days clearing roadblocks we packed up and made tracks to Nablus.’
    keep (or lose) track of
    • Keep (or fail to keep) fully aware of or informed about.

      ‘she had lost all track of time and had fallen asleep’
      • ‘Plus of course billing information needs to be kept track of.’
      • ‘Watching the media and keeping track of what they think is important news.’
      • ‘As you're all well aware because you kept track of us all over the place, we searched on land, we searched in lakes, we searched in rivers.’
      • ‘This easy-to-use software keeps track of all your information and organizes it by categories and key words.’
      • ‘Records archive keeps track of exactly what time and date you unlocked secrets’
      • ‘So you lose track of who's leading and who's following, and just do.’
      • ‘I have lost track of how many times I have testified on this bill, but I think this was the fifth.’
      • ‘I know the people who did it, but I have lost track of what I promised not to reveal publicly, and so will shut up for now.’
      • ‘That makes six since January, and I've lost track of how many since I started here last July.’
      • ‘Like Americans, who are well known for the super-size portions they serve at every meal, we are losing track of just how much food we consume - a problem known as ‘portion distortion’.’
    on the right (or wrong) track
    • Following a course that is likely to result in success (or failure)

      ‘we are on the right track for continued growth’
      • ‘Victory in last weekend's European Cup final when he captained his country to a fifth success suggests he is on the right track.’
      • ‘More impressive, though, than any fanatical power of endurance was his ability to see he was on the wrong track, admit he was mistaken and try a different course of action.’
      • ‘Only the results will tell us if Labour is on the right track.’
      • ‘It sounds as though your son is on the right track to becoming a successful bodybuilder.’
      • ‘That these women were on the wrong track and he was going to put them on the right track.’
      • ‘Today's figures also show that more of those who are likely to vote believe that the country is on the right track.’
      • ‘If they approach it as a lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the-key, then they're on the wrong track.’
      • ‘Dave, you've got the sound effects CD on the wrong track.’
      • ‘34% of the country think the government is on the wrong track.’
      • ‘69 percent believe America is on the wrong track, with only 26 percent saying it's headed in the right direction.’
    the wrong side of the tracks
    informal
    • A poor or less prestigious part of town.

      ‘a former bad kid from the wrong side of the tracks’
      • ‘She unwittingly meets her orphan son on one of her frequent trips to the wrong side of the tracks to provide charity to poor children.’
      • ‘He is a country boy from the wrong side of the tracks, while she is a city gal with a pedigree.’
      • ‘But I questioned how sharp this guy was with some of the unbelievably bad choices he makes that land him back on the wrong side of the tracks in young adulthood.’
      • ‘Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Seattle, she also has enough experience of grim reality that she never seems to run out of pain.’
      • ‘It's an American story about a kid who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.’
      • ‘She is from the wrong side of the tracks, but her beauty has allowed her to marry into 19th century Berlin society.’
      • ‘But you get no help if you come from the wrong side of the tracks.’
      • ‘This is a woman who admits she's from the wrong side of the tracks.’
      • ‘For he was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who could so easily have become another grim statistic, whether in jail or the morgue.’
    on track
    • Following a course that is likely to achieve what is required.

      ‘formulas for keeping the economy on track’
      • ‘The first is that the economy may be on track this year but the public finances are not.’
      • ‘If one patient runs late another will run early and the schedule should stay on track, more or less.’
      • ‘More fundamental are policies to get the economy on track so that there are jobs for all.’
      • ‘Back on track, County went on to score the decisive winning goal after forcing a series of corners.’
      • ‘Her speech and development were also impaired but that is now back on track.’
      • ‘But a two-fold surge in the price of coal put the mining scheme back on track last year.’
      • ‘Sometimes you just need one result and a bit of luck to get back on track.’
      • ‘From the outside it appears close to completion and certainly on track for a June completion date.’
      • ‘As soon as the chaos approaches, the monster rears its head and I'm back on track.’
      • ‘In the space of less than a week I have gone from being somewhat depressed to feeling like life is back on track.’

Phrasal Verbs

    track someone/something down
    • Find someone or something after a thorough or difficult search.

      ‘it took seventeen years to track down the wreck of the ship’
      • ‘He lay unconscious for five hours before a 40-strong search team tracked him down.’
      • ‘The medals of a war hero have been returned to his family after a four-month police search to track them down.’
      • ‘After she died, I tracked down what happened after I left my home.’
      • ‘Major advances in forensic science could help police track down the killer of a newborn baby murdered four years ago.’
      • ‘Video footage can be an extremely useful tool in helping the police track down criminals.’
      • ‘Police have still not tracked down her murderer.’
      • ‘She was shouting something about tracking down the culprit, inflicting justice upon them.’
      • ‘The school is investigating the incident in a bid to track down the culprit.’
      • ‘Once again, your only problem will be trying to track down a copy!’
      • ‘If done properly, DNA evidence can be a powerful tool in tracking down criminals.’
    track something up
    North American
    • Leave a trail of dirty footprints on a surface.

      ‘checking to see if I had tracked up the rug, I sat down’
      • ‘My cats are tracking up the place with little muddy paw prints.’
      • ‘We had to hit the shower and put our clothes into the wash immediately to keep them from staining and to keep us from tracking up the whole house with mud and crud.’
      • ‘But I have already tracked up the floor with footprints, etc.’
    track something in
    • Leave a trail of dirt, debris, or snow from one's feet.

      ‘the road salt I'd tracked in from the street’
      • ‘At her yell, a large, thick figure came in through the door amidst a large storm's gust of pure white snow, tracking it in with him and battling the wind's strength as he tried to close the door.’
      • ‘They rolled out a carpet on my floors so they weren't tracking dirt in every trip in or out of the house.’
      • ‘The sickbay floor was spotted with flooring cement and there is a nice brown track where the construction people were tracking dirt in from outside.’
      • ‘They keep tracking muck in the house and onto my newly mopped floors and leaving the doors open so all of the heat escapes to the outdoor winter wasteland.’

Origin

Late 15th century (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 century) from French traquer or directly from the noun.

Pronunciation

track

/trak/

Main definitions of track in English

: track1track2

track2

verb

with object and adverbial of direction
  • Tow (a canoe) along a waterway from the bank.

    ‘he was going to track the canoe up the ice-hung rapids’

Origin

Early 18th century apparently from Dutch trekken ‘to draw, pull, or travel’. The change in the vowel was due to association with track.

Pronunciation

track

/trak/