ETYM Old Fren. trac track of horses, mules, trace of animals; of Teutonic origin; cf.Dutch trek a drawing, trekken to draw, travel, march, Mid. High Germ. trechen, pret. trach. Related to Trick.
1. Any road or path affording passage especially a rough one; SYN. cart track, cartroad.
2. A groove on a phonograph recording.
3. Any mark left by an animal, especially footprints.
4. A bar or bars of rolled steel making a track along which vehicles can roll; SYN. rail, rails.
5. The act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track; SYN. running.
6. (Computer science) One of the circular magnetic patterns on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data; SYN. data track.
A pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels.
In computing, part of the magnetic structure created on a disc surface during disc formatting so that data can be stored on it. The disc is first divided into circular tracks and then each circular track is divided into a number of sectors.
One of numerous circular data storage areas on a floppy disk or a hard drive, comparable to a groove on a record but not spiral. Tracks, composed of sectors, are recorded on a disk by an operating system during a disk format operation. On other storage media, such as tape, a track runs parallel to the edge of the medium. See the illustration.
1. To observe or plot the moving path of something (e.g., a target or missile).
2. To stalk or pursue
3. To make tracks upon.
4. To carry (as mud) on the feet and deposit.
1. To follow a path.
2. In data management, to follow the flow of information through a manual or an automated system.
3. In data storage and retrieval, to follow and read from a recording channel on a disk or a magnetic tape.
4. In computer graphics, to cause a displayed symbol, such as a pointer, to match on the screen the movements of a mouse or another pointing device.