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a narrow path or road with a rough uneven surface, especially one made by people or animals frequently moving through the same place:
The road leading to the farm was little more than a dirt track.
The track led through dense forest.
a steep mountain track
a line of marks left on the ground by a moving person, animal, or vehicle:
marks on ground[plural]
We followed the tyre tracks across a muddy field.
The tracks, which looked like a fox's, led into the woods.
a circular course around which runners, cars etc race, which often has a specially prepared surface: ➔ dirt track (2)
To run a mile, you have to run four circuits of the track.
the two metal lines along which trains travel [= railway line]:
The track was damaged in several places.
b) American English
the particular track that a train leaves from or arrives at:
The train for Boston is leaving from track 2.
to think in a way that is likely to lead to a correct or incorrect result:
We've had the initial test results and it looks as though we're on the right track.
to pay attention to someone or something, so that you know where they are or what is happening to them, or to fail to do this:
It's difficult to keep track of all the new discoveries in genetics.
I just lost all track of time.
one of the songs or pieces of music on a record, cassette, or CD:
There's a great Miles Davis track on side two.
to suddenly stop, especially because something has frightened or surprised you
to be careful not to leave any signs that could let people know where you have been or what you have done because you want to keep it a secret, usually because it is illegal:
He tried to cover his tracks by burning all the documents.
sport[uncountable] American English
sport that involves running on a track:
The next year he didn't run track or play football.
all the sports in an athletics competition such as running, jumping, or throwing the javelin:
a famous track star
She went out for track in the spring (=she joined the school's track team).
to be likely to achieve the result you want:
We're still on track for 10% growth.
to begin to deal with a new subject rather than the main one which was being discussed:
Don't get off the track, we're looking at this year's figures not last year's.
to hunt or search for someone or something:
Police are on the track of the bank robbers.
used to say you must leave a place:
It's time we started making tracks.
the direction or line taken by something as it moves
islands that lie in the track of North Atlantic storms
a continuous metal band that goes over the wheels of a vehicle such as a bulldozer, allowing it to move over uneven ground
on a vehicle[countable]TT
➔ off the beaten trackat beaten (1), one-track mind
➔ be from the wrong side of the tracksat wrong1 (17)WORD FOCUS: road
a big road: main road, highway, motorway British English, freeway American English, expressway, turnpike American English, interstate American English, A-road British English
a road in a town: street, avenue, boulevard
a road in the countryside: country road, lane, track
a road you pay to use: toll road
parts of a road: fast lane, slow lane, hard shoulder British English/shoulder American English, central reservation British English/median strip American English, pavement British English/sidewalk American English
➔ See also road