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Track appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Tricky Tristan tracked a trail of tiny turtles.
    How many tiny turtles did Tricky Tristan track?
    Tricky Tristan tracked twenty two tiny turtles;
    that's how many tiny turtles tricky Tristan tracked.

Track appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Play my rock cartel title track, Cory: "My Alp".
  • "Emir, can I risk cartilage Lara passes?" said Ed, "I assess a paralegal I track, Sir, in a crime."
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun track:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb track:


Track is sometimes a misspelling of traffic.

The word track is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun track

What does track mean as a name of something?

Track is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: tracks

  1. a line or route along which something travels or moves
    • example: the track of an animal
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of track: course / path
    • more generic word: line = a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
    • more specific terms:
      • collision course = a course of a moving object that will lead to a collision if it continues unchanged
      • inside track = the inner side of a curved racecourse
      • round = the course along which communications spread
      • steps = the course along which a person has walked or is walking in
      • swath / belt = a path or strip
      • trail = a track or mark left by something that has passed
  2. evidence pointing to a possible solution
  3. a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
  4. a course over which races are run
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of track: racecourse / racetrack / raceway
    • more generic word: course = facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport
    • more specific terms:
    • parts:
      • stretch = a straightaway section of a racetrack
      • inside track = the inner side of a curved racecourse
  5. a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc
  6. an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground
  7. (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data
  8. a groove on a phonograph recording
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: channel / groove = a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool
  9. a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll
  10. any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of track: cart track / cartroad
    • more generic words: road / route = an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
    • more specific words:
      • portage = overland track between navigable waterways
      • trail = a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
  11. the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of track: running
    • more generic term: track and field = participating in athletic sports performed on a running track or on the field associated with it
    • part of: track meet = a track and field competition between two or more teams

Alternative definition of the noun track


  1. 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.
  2. A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or beast; trace; vestige; footprint.
  3. The entire lower surface of the foot; said of birds, etc.
    • A road; a beaten path.
    • Course; way; as, the track of a comet.
    • A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.
    • The permanent way; the rails.
    • A tract or area, as of land.
    • [context: automotive] The distance between two opposite wheels on a same axletree (also track width)
    • [context: automotive] Short for caterpillar track.
    • [cricket] The pitch.
    • Sound stored on a record.
    • The physical track on a record.
      • [music] A song or other relatively short piece of music, on a record, separated from others by a short silence
      • Circular (never-ending) data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk, divided into sectors.
      • [uncountable] [sports] The racing events of track and field; track and field in general.
      • A session talk on a conference.

      Specialised definition of the noun track

      Glossary of sports

      a surface on which athletes run, usually a prepared surface with long straight sides and rounded ends, divided into lanes (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

      in various speed events, part of the track or course assigned to the individual athletes. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

      course marked at a specific distance for competitions in running, swimming and other speed events. The track's width is prescribed in the various sport disciplines. The assignment of the individual lanes to the competitors is determined by draw. A lane referee (lane judge) ensures that the participants stay in their respective lanes. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

      a path (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

      a line of rails (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

      Glossary of sports / bowling

      the site of the game (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

      the gap (15 cm) between the skittles 1 and 2 on the left side (left lane) and 1 and 3 on the right side (right lane). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

      a worn area on a lane that tends to guide the ball toward the pocket

      Glossary of sports / cricket

      the pitch (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

      • example: the track at Kingston is always a quick one.
      • usage: slang
      • synonym: wicket

      Glossary of sports / rowing

      a U-shaped piece of metal that keeps the wheels of a seat on a straight path. A slide is made up of two tracks

      Definition of the verb track

      What does track mean as a doing word?

      verb - inflections: tracked | tracking | tracks

      1. carry on the feet and deposit
        • example: track mud into the house
        • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
        • more generic terms: bring in / introduce = bring in a new person or object into a familiar environment
      2. observe or plot the moving path of something
        • example: track a missile
        • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
        • more generic word: observe = watch attentively
      3. go after with the intent to catch
        • example: The men track the area for animals
        • syntax:
          Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
          [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jackie accompanied Rose | Jackie chased the thiefVerbs of Motion: chase, follow, pursue, shadow, tail, trail
          [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Spatial Preposition] [Location]Jackie chased the thief down the street
          [Agent - being] [Verb] after [Theme]Jackie chased after the thief
          [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documentsVerbs of Searching: smell, stalk, taste
          [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I tracked prints
          [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I hunted game in the woods | I stalked game in the woods
        • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
        • synonyms of track: chase / chase after / dog / give chase / go after / tag / tail / trail
        • more generic words: follow / pursue = follow in or as if in pursuit
        • more specific terms:
      4. travel across or pass over
      5. make tracks upon
        • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
        • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become

      Alternative definition of the verb track


      1. [transitive] To observe the (measured) state of an object over time
      2. [transitive] To monitor the movement of a person or object.
      3. [transitive] To discover the location of a person or object (usually in the form track down).
      4. [transitive] To follow the tracks of.

      Specialised definition of the verb track

      Glossary of sports

      to follow the progress of something such as an athlete's physical development (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


      Who is Track?

      Track a.k.a. Track Palin is the son of Sarah Palin and Todd Palin.


      Track is a record label.


      "Track" is a book by Michael Palmer.


      "Track" is a composition, cataloged instance.


      1. The track on a railway or railroad, also known as the permanent way, is the structure consisting of the rails, fasteners, railroad ties and ballast, plus the underlying subgrade. For clarity it is often referred to as railway track or railroad track.
        • also known as Rail tracks, Railroad track, railway track, permanent way
      2. Track: A disk drive track is a circular path on the surface of a disk or diskette on which information is magnetically recorded and from which recorded information is read.
      3. Track a.k.a. The axle track in automobiles and other wheeled vehicles which have two or more wheels on an axle, is the distance between the centerline of two roadwheels on the same axle, each on the other side of the vehicle. In a case of the axle with dual wheels, the centerline in the middle of the dual wheel is used for the axle track specification.
      4. Track a.k.a. Track+ is a general-purpose web-based project-management and bug tracking tool.
        • genre: Bug tracking system
        • license: GNU General Public License
        • official website:
      5. Track a.k.a. Track #: The track number of this recording on this release.

      Phrases with Track

      Phrases starting with the word Track:

      1. Track Bike
      2. track down
      3. track meet

      Phrases ending with the word Track:

      1. 8-Track
      2. On Track
      3. to track
      4. Off-Track
      5. one-track
      6. cart track
      7. data track
      8. dirt track
      9. Diss track
      10. fast track
      11. half track
      12. half-track
      13. keep track
      14. lose track
      15. Lost Track
      16. rail track
      17. spur track

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      Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Track

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      Google previewThe Art of Digital Audio Recording (2011)

      A Practical Guide for Home and Studio by Steve Savage

      Top track is a duplicated region; middle track is a repeated region; bottom track is a muted region Repeat allows you to duplicate a selected region many times, one after the other. The repeat function requires that you enter ...

      Google previewProceedings of the 1st International Workshop on High-Speed and Intercity Railways (2012)

      by Yi-Qing Ni, Xiao-Wei Ye

      The curved track is an important but weak part of the railway line. Diseases of the curved track have long been a prominent problem, not only significantly reduce the life but also bring a great threat to the safety of the railway. Maintenance of ...

      Google previewThe Christian Way (2011)

      by David W. Durgin

      A track is a course along which something moves or progresses. It is the path on which one walks in order to...

      Google previewThe Social Organization of Schools (2013)

      New Conceptualizations of the Learning Process by Maureen T. Hallinan

      The second model presented in Table 3 shows that the relative size of the academic track is a significant variable for the...

      Google previewThe Technical Avalanche Protection Handbook (2014)

      by Florian Rudolf-Miklau, Siegfried Sauermoser, Arthur Mears

      A transport track is a system without a shuttle function. The normal, practical approach (Figure 4.12) for the planning of publicly subsidized avalanche defense projects in the Alpine countries, especially in Austria, will be described briefly as ...

      Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1990)

      Volume 23 - Supplement 8: Approximation: Optimization, and Computing to Visual Thinking by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

      Recording is performed in concentric tracks, unlike a record where there is only one "track" in a spiral line. The number of tracks is a significant parameter indicating the capacity and it varies over a wide range. Another parameter often used ...

      Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of the Romance Languages

      by F. Diez

      track (vb. H. G. frechen, pret. trach), cf. detrnqner = Du. vertrekken to lead aside, whence G. vero- nekt distracted. Traça ——- taf-nire. Тифа — torso. Traces — trnc. Tracchegglare _ ...

      Google previewBiographical Dictionary of American Sports (1995)

      1992-1995 supplement for baseball, football, basketball, and other sports by David L. Porter

      short- track speed skater, is the daughter of Tim Turner and Nancy (Price) Turner, who...

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      Quotes about Track

      If you listen to the left track on their album, if you get The Best of the Mamas and Papas, you listen to the left track, you can still hear a little bit of my voice. My son discovered that once. (Barry McGuire)
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      Scrabble value of T1R1A1C3K5

      The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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