The track on a railway or railroad, also known as the permanent way, is the structure consisting of the rails, fasteners, railroad ties and ballast, plus the underlying subgrade. For clarity it is often referred to as railway track or railroad track .

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  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 two opposite wheels on a same axletree (also track width)
  10. Short for caterpillar track.
  11. The pitch.
  12. Sound stored on a record.
  13. The physical track on a record.
  14. A song or other relatively short piece of music, on a record, separated from others by a short silence
  15. Circular (never-ending) data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk, divided into sectors.
  16. The racing events of track and field; track and field in general.
  17. A session talk on a conference.


  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.
  5. To leave in the form of tracks.
    In winter, my cat tracks mud all over the house.

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