(1)   The act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
(2)   A course over which races are run
(3)   Any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
(4)   A bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll
(5)   A pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
(6)   A groove on a phonograph recording
(7)   (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data
(8)   An endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground
(9)   Evidence pointing to a possible solution
"The police are following a promising lead"
"The trail led straight to the perpetrator"
(10)   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"
(11)   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"


(12)   Make tracks upon
(13)   Travel across or pass over
"The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
(14)   Go after with the intent to catch
"The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"
"The dog chased the rabbit"
(15)   Carry on the feet and deposit
"Track mud into the house"
(16)   Observe or plot the moving path of something
"Track a missile"


From trac (French: traque), from a Germanic source akin to Old Norse traðk "trodden place, track" (norw. trakke "to trample"), Dutch: trek, Middle Low German: treck.


  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.
  4. A road; a beaten path.
  5. Course; way; as, the track of a comet.
  6. A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.
  7. The permanent way; the rails.
  8. A tract or area, as of land.
  9. The distance between the centerlines of two tires, measured where the tires contact the surface of the road (also track width)
  10. The pitch.
  11. Sound stored on a record.
  12. The physical track on a record.
  13. Circular (never-ending) data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk, divided into sectors.
  14. The racing events of track and field; track and field in general.
    I'm going to try out for track next week.


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  1. To observe the (measured) state of an object over time
  2. To monitor the movement of a person or object.
  3. To discover the location of a person or object (usually in the form track down).
  4. To follow the tracks of.
    My uncle spent all day tracking the deer.