(Tra*chyt"ic) a. [Cf. F. trachytique.] Of, pertaining to, or resembling, trachyte.
(Trach"y*toid) a. [Trachyte + - oid.] (Min.) Resembling trachyte; used to define the structure
of certain rocks.
1. The act of one who traces; especially, the act of copying by marking on thin paper, or other transparent
substance, the lines of a pattern placed beneath; also, the copy thus producted.
2. A regular path or track; a course.
Tracing cloth, Tracing paper, specially prepared transparent cloth or paper, which enables a drawing
or print to be clearly seen through it, and so allows the use of a pen or pencil to produce a facsimile by
following the lines of the original placed beneath.
(Track) n. [OF. trac track of horses, mules, trace of animals; of Teutonic origin; cf.D. trek a drawing,
trekken to draw, travel, march, MHG. trechen, pret. trach. Cf. Trick.]
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.
The bright track of his fiery car.Shak.
2. A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or beast; trace; vestige; footprint.
Far from track of men.Milton.
3. (Zoöl.) The entire lower surface of the foot; said of birds, etc.
4. A road; a beaten path.
Behold Torquatus the same track pursue.Dryden.
5. Course; way; as, the track of a comet.
6. A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.
7. (Railroad) The permanent way; the rails.
8. [Perhaps a mistake for tract.] A tract or area, as of land. [Obs.] "Small tracks of ground." Fuller.
Track scale, a railway scale. See under Railway.
(Track), v. t. [imp. & p. p. tracked ; p. pr. & vb. n. tracking.] To follow the tracks or traces
of; to pursue by following the marks of the feet; to trace; to trail; as, to track a deer in the snow.
It was often found impossible to track the robbers to their retreats among the hills and morasses.Macaulay.
2. (Naut.) To draw along continuously, as a vessel, by a line, men or animals on shore being the motive
power; to tow.
(Track"age) n. The act of tracking, or towing, as a boat; towage.