- track1 [ træk ] noun ***▸ 1 rough path/road▸ 2 what train moves along▸ 3 running/racing course▸ 4 part on which something moves▸ 5 direction or way▸ 6 mark▸ 7 recorded piece of music▸ + PHRASES1. ) count a path or road with a rough surface:I walked along a track to the mountain hotel.dirt track: There's a dirt track leading from the main road.2. ) count or uncount a railroad line:a railroad/train tracka straight stretch of track3. ) count a piece of ground used for racinga ) uncount AMERICAN athletic events in which the runners run around a circular course:run track: Are you going to run track in the spring?b ) uncount ATHLETICS4. ) count or uncount a line or structure on which something moves along:a curtain tracka ) a moving part on which a large vehicle such as a TANK moves along the ground5. ) count the direction in which something moves:The storm's track was similar to several others this year.a ) a way of achieving something:the fast track to wealth and prosperityWe're proceeding on a diplomatic track.b ) AMERICAN a course of study that students of one level or ability all take together:a vocational/academic track6. ) count usually plural a mark that a person, animal, or vehicle leaves on the ground:a bear tracka ) tracks plural marks left by a needle on the skin of someone who uses illegal drugs7. ) count a song or piece of music that is recorded on a CD, TAPE, or record:The 14 tracks vary from happy pop songs to somber ballads.a ) one of the sections of a TAPE that records different sounds that can be mixed togethercover your tracksto hide any evidence that you were somewhere or did somethingkeep trackto have all the information you need about something:We need a system to keep track of all our expenses.lose trackto forget something or not have all the information you need:I've lost track of how many times he called last week.make tracks INFORMALto leave a place:It's getting late I think we'd better make tracks.off trackunlikely to be successful or correcton the right/wrong trackdoing or thinking the right/wrong things:The figures show we are on the right track.on trackdoing or saying things that are likely to be successful or correct:Vanessa got back on track and won the match.on track to do something: We're right on track to create two million new jobs.stop (dead) in your tracksto suddenly stop, for example because you are surprisedstop something in its tracksto suddenly make something stop:The new administration plans to stop the reform process in its tracks.=> BEATENtracktrack 2 [ træk ] verb *1. ) transitive to follow or find someone or something by looking for evidence that shows where they have gone:I tracked him as far as the factory.a ) transitive to follow the course of a moving object such as a ship or aircraft using special equipmentb ) transitive to follow the development or progress of somethingc ) intransitive to move a movie camera along on a track2. ) transitive AMERICAN to leave a line of dirt or other small pieces of something on the floor when you walk:The dog just tracked mud all over the kitchen floor.3. ) transitive AMERICAN to put students in different programs, or in classes according to their level or ability4. ) intransitive if weather tracks in a particular direction, it moves in that direction:There is a small depression tracking across the Gulf of Mexico.,track `down phrasal verb transitiveto find someone or something after a long search:I finally managed to track him down in Manchester.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.