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Definition of track noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    rough path
  1. 1[countable] a rough path or road, usually one that has not been built but that has been made by people walking there a muddy track through the forest
  2. marks on ground
  3. 2[countable, usually plural] marks left by a person, an animal, or a moving vehicle We followed the bear's tracks in the snow. tire tracks
  4. for train
  5. 3[countable, uncountable] rails that a train moves along railroad tracks The country has thousands of miles of track.
  6. 4[countable] a track with a number at a train station that a train arrives at or leaves from The train for Chicago is on track 9. note at platform
  7. for races
  8. 5[countable] a piece of ground with a special surface for people, horses, cars, etc. to have races on a running track a Formula One Grand Prix track (= for motor racing) see also track and field
  9. 6the track [singular] the place where races, especially horse races, are run He likes to spend his Saturdays at the track.
  10. direction/course
  11. 7[countable] the path or direction that someone or something is moving in Police are on the track of (= searching for) the thieves. She is on the fast track to promotion (= will get it quickly). see also one-track mind
  12. music
  13. 8[countable] a piece of music or song on a CD, tape, or record a track from their latest album
  14. 9[countable] part of a tape or computer disk that music or information can be recorded on a sixteen-track recording studio She sang on the backing track. see also laugh track, soundtrack
  15. for curtain
  16. 10[countable] a pole or rail that a curtain moves along
  17. on large vehicle
  18. 11[countable] a continuous belt of metal plates around the wheels of a large vehicle such as a bulldozer that allows it to move over the ground
  19. Idioms
    back on track
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    going in the right direction again after a mistake, failure, etc. I tried to get my life back on track after my divorce.
    be on track
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    to be doing the right thing in order to achieve a particular result Curtis is on track for the gold medal.
    cover your tracks
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    to try and hide what you have done, because you do not want other people to find out about it He had attempted to cover his tracks by making her death appear like suicide.
    from/on the wrong side of the tracks
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    from or living in a poor area or part of town
    hot on somebody's/something's tracks/trail (informal)
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    close to catching or finding the person or thing that you have been chasing or searching for
    jump the tracks
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    (of a train) to leave the tracks suddenly
    keep/lose track of somebody/something
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    to have/not have information about what is happening or where someone or something is Bank statements help you keep track of where your money is going. I lost all track of time (= forgot what time it was).
    make tracks (informal)
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    to leave a place, especially to go home It's getting late—I'd better make tracks.
    off the beaten track
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    far away from other people, houses, etc. They live miles off the beaten track.
    on the right/wrong track
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    thinking or behaving in the right/wrong way We haven't found a cure yet—but we are on the right track.
    stop/halt somebody in their tracks, stop/halt/freeze in your tracks
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    to suddenly make someone stop by frightening or surprising them; to suddenly stop because something has frightened or surprised you The question stopped Anna in her tracks.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: track