track

Definitions

  • On the Race Track
    On the Race Track
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v track make tracks upon
    • v track travel across or pass over "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
    • v track go after with the intent to catch "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley","the dog chased the rabbit"
    • v track carry on the feet and deposit "track mud into the house"
    • v track observe or plot the moving path of something "track a missile"
    • n track the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
    • n track a course over which races are run
    • n track any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
    • n track a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll
    • n track a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
    • n track a groove on a phonograph recording
    • n track (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data
    • n track an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground
    • n track evidence pointing to a possible solution "the police are following a promising lead","the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
    • n track a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc "he played the first cut on the cd","the title track of the album"
    • n track a line or route along which something travels or moves "the hurricane demolished houses in its path","the track of an animal","the course of the river"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

TRACKS OF THE GLACIER TRACKS OF THE GLACIER

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's first underground was the London Underground in1863. It has 275 stations and 253 miles of track.
    • Track A mark left by something that has passed along; as, the track, or wake, of a ship; the track of a meteor; the track of a sled or a wheel. "The bright track of his fiery car."
    • Track A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or beast; trace; vestige; footprint. "Far from track of men."
    • Track A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.
    • Track A road; a beaten path. "Behold Torquatus the same track pursue."
    • Track A tract or area, as of land. "Small tracks of ground."
    • Track Course; way; as, the track of a comet.
    • Track (Zoöl) The entire lower surface of the foot; -- said of birds, etc.
    • Track (Railroad) The permanent way; the rails.
    • Track (Naut) To draw along continuously, as a vessel, by a line, men or animals on shore being the motive power; to tow.
    • v. t Track To follow the tracks or traces of; to pursue by following the marks of the feet; to trace; to trail; as, to track a deer in the snow. "It was often found impossible to track the robbers to their retreats among the hills and morasses."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1871, horse cars were introduced. It was simply a car that was pulled over a track by a horse.
    • track To follow a track, or to proceed along a certain definite route.
    • track To tow.
    • track To draw; specifically, to draw or tow (a boat) by a line reaching from the vessel to the bank or shore.
    • track To draw out; protract; delay.
    • n track A feature; lineament.
    • n track A mark left by something that has passed along: as, the track of a ship (a wake): the track of a wagon (a rut).
    • n track A mark or an impression left by the foot, whether of man or beast; a footprint; specifically, in paleontology, an ichnite or ichnolite; a fossil footprint, or cast of an extinct animal's foot. Compare trace, 1, and trail, 2.
    • n track A road; a path; a trail.
    • n track A course followed; a way of going or proceeding: as, the track of a comet.
    • n track The course or path laid out for horse-, foot-, bicycle-, or other races: as, a cinder track; a track of six laps to the mile.
    • n track The two continuous lines of rails on which railway-cars run, forming, together with the ties, ballast, switches, etc., an essential part of the permanent way: as, a single track; a double track; to cross the track. See cut under switch.
    • n track In anatomy, the course of a vessel, nerve, duct, etc.
    • n track In zoology, the sole of the foot.
    • n track = Syn. 3–6. Road, Path, etc. (see way), trail, pathway.
    • track To follow up the tracks of; follow by the tracks or traces left by that which is followed; trace; trail.
    • track To ascertain by means of existing traces or remains; trace.
    • track To trace, follow, or mark out plainly.
    • track To make tracks over; traverse: as, to track the desert.
    • track To make marks upon, as with wet or muddy feet.
    • n track A tract of land.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Amtrak is the combination of the words "American" and "Track"
    • v.t Track trak to follow by marks or footsteps: to tow: to traverse: to make marks upon
    • n Track a mark left: footprint: a beaten path: course laid out for horse, foot, or bicycle races: the two continuous lines of rails on which railway carriages run
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Quotations

  • Will Rogers
    Will%20Rogers
    “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”
  • H.G. Wells
    H.G.%20Wells
    “Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A person who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “Who tracks the steps of glory to the grave?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “He who never walks except where he sees other men's tracks will make no discoveries.”
  • Lynda Barry
    Lynda Barry
    “If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.”

Idioms

Jump the track - Jumping the track is suddenly changing from one plan, activity, idea, etc, to another.
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Make tracks - To leave a place to go somewhere. Referring to the tracks one would make in the snow or mud in the course of a journey.
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Off the beaten track - Somewhere that's off the beaten track is in a remote location.
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Off the track - If something puts or throws you off your track, it distracts you or keeps you from achieving what you want.
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On the wallaby track - (AU) In Australian English, if you're on the wallaby track, you are unemployed.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. trac, track of horses, mules, trace of animals; of Teutonic origin; cf.D. trek, a drawing, trekken, to draw, travel, march, MHG. trechen, pret. trach,. Cf. Trick

Usage

In literature:

It is a tiny track, evidently not much used.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Ralph feared that its momentum might carry the car from the track.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
Of what use would it be if you only followed over my track?
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Lots of tracks, but I ain' see James Dean tracks.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
They were set for clear tracks, as they should be.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
The rest of my second Night at Track's End, and part of another: with some Things which happen between.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
The country is a mass of ranges; the bush is as thick as a jungle, and there's nothing but a blazed track to go by.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
He must have taken a fresh track at the Bend, that's all.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
Yes, suh, he's prepaihed to show all 'em otheh hawsses which way 'is track runs!
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
If you can get a few rails here, now, I'll give you a track by sundown, Mr. McCloud, in spite of Sinclair and the devil.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
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In poetry:

I bore the heat,
I blazed the track-
furrowed and bloody
upon my back.
"Old Botany Bay" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
When I beheld a rouseabout
Who lay upon his back
Beside a little house about
A furlong from the track.
"Upon the Road to Rockabout" by C J Dennis
"Whither I go I cannot tell
That cloud hangs black,
High as the heaven and deep as hell
Across my track.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Heard a train callin'
Blowin' long ways down the track;
Ain't no train due here,
Baby what can you bring back?
"Long Track Blues" by Sterling A Brown
Thou art gone, and the brilliant light that shone
In the track of thy way is fled;
And thou leav'st the heart that loved thee alone,
Silent, and cold, and dead!
"Song.—Thou art gone" by Louisa Stuart Costello
We sought Him, and our own love seemed the answer;
We called Him, and the forest smiled us back.
Then we forgot, and only looked for laughter
Along the wild-wood track.
"The Answer" by Katherine Hale

In news:

J C's Pride established a Saratoga track record for five furlongs on the main track in the third race July 27, lowering the previous mark by 0.17 seconds with a final time of 56.54 seconds (VIDEO).
Passion Pit, ' Gossamer ': Track-By-Track Review.
12 O'Clock Track / Music 12 O'Clock Track: Valis's remix of Joie Noire's "Kup Kup".
Singer Yoni Wolf breaks the LP down track by track.
High school track and field athletes shined brightly in bringing home gold at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships at Montjuïc Olympic Stadium.
The International Luge Federation says the track in Koenigssee, Germany, will host two World Cup races this season because the 2006 Olympic track in Italy has been closed.
The Hoxie girls track team competed in the 3A State Track Meet on Thursday at Harding University in Searcy.
What should have been reported as a float that crossed the track after the signal was activated was reported as if a Union Pacific train jumped the track and killed those on the float.
The track is the latest track from the band's current album, Last of a Dying Breed.
0Olympic track star Lopez Lomong was back in Central New York Friday to try and save the Tully High School indoor track program.
Behind Sherice Hewett, the Northern Michigan University women's outdoor track and field team placed fourth Friday in the GLIAC Track and Field Championships held at Grand valley State in downstate Allendale.
Shiny Toy Guns' 'III': Track-By-Track Video.
Old Rochester Boys and Girls Track – ORR Track continued their undefeated season with a victory against Fairhaven this week.
No Doubt, 'Push and Shove ': Track-By-Track Review.
The city will receive 1.5 percent of the track's annual slots revenue for the first $250 million the track earns each year.
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In science:

If the two tracks do not share their first hit, it is likely that the tracks don’t really cross.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Finally track parameters are fitted to the points belonging to the various tracks using a χ2 technique.
High Magnetic Field Performance of a GEM-TPC
From the discussion above, the L∗ − P and ˙M − L∗ relation of type E and A stars seems to follow different tracks while the ˙M − P relation of all types in the whole sample follow the same track.
On the difference between type E and A OH/IR stars
In a second step, these space points are combined to tracks using a three-dimensional track following algorithm.
Spatial Resolution Studies with a GEM-TPC in High Magnetic Fields
TPC-based tracking designs (LDC, GLD) employ some degree of microstip tracking.
General Thoughts about Tracking for a Linear Collider Detector
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