What's the difference between
Enter two words to compare and contrast their definitions, origins, and synonyms to better understand how those words are related.

Test vs Track - What's the difference?

test | track |

As nouns the difference between test and track

is that test is while track is 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.

As a verb track is

to observe the (measured) state of an object over time.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) ; see terra, thirst.


(en noun)
  • A cupel or cupelling hearth in which precious metals are melted for trial and refinement.
  • A , trial.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
  • , author=Colin Allen , title=Do I See What You See? , volume=100, issue=2, page=168 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Numerous experimental tests and other observations have been offered in favor of animal mind reading, and although many scientists are skeptical, others assert that humans are not the only species capable of representing what others do and don’t perceive and know.}}
  • (academia) An examination, given often during the academic term.
  • A session in which a product or piece of equipment is examined under everyday or extreme conditions to evaluate its durability, etc.
  • A Test match.
  • (marine biology) The external calciferous shell, or endoskeleton, of an echinoderm, e.g. sand dollars]] and sea urchins.
  • (botany) Testa; seed coat.
  • Judgment; distinction; discrimination.
  • * Dryden
  • Who would excel, when few can make a test / Betwixt indifferent writing and the best?
    * (challenge) challenge, trial * (sense) quiz, examination
    * (challenge) breeze * (sense) recess
    Derived terms
    * acid test * babysitter test * blood test * flame test * inkblot test * litmus test * nose test * Rorschach test * smell test * smoke test * sniff test * stress test * test case * tester * test tube
    * German: (l) * Dutch: (l)


    (en verb)
  • To refine (gold, silver, etc.) in a test or cupel; to subject to cupellation.
  • To .
  • Climbing the mountain tested our stamina.
  • To put to the proof; to prove the truth, genuineness, or quality of by experiment, or by some principle or standard; to try.
  • to test''' the soundness of a principle; to '''test the validity of an argument
  • * Washington
  • Experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution.
  • (academics) To administer or assign an examination, often given during the academic term, to (somebody).
  • To place a product or piece of equipment under everyday and/or extreme conditions and examine it for its durability, etc.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Charles T. Ambrose
  • , title= Alzheimer’s Disease , volume=101, issue=3, page=200, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems— […]. Such a slow-release device containing angiogenic factors could be placed on the pia mater covering the cerebral cortex and tested in persons with senile dementia in long term studies.}}
  • (copulative) To be shown to be by test.
  • (chemistry) To examine or try, as by the use of some reagent.
  • to test a solution by litmus paper
    * German: (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) tester, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A witness.
  • * Ld. Berners
  • Prelates and great lords of England, who were for the more surety tests of that deed.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To make a testament, or will.
  • track



    (en noun)
  • 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.
  • A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or beast; trace; vestige; footprint.
  • The entire lower surface of the foot; said of birds, etc.
  • A road; a beaten path.
  • Course; way; as, the track of a comet.
  • A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track . The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.}}
  • (railways) The permanent way; the rails.
  • A tract or area, as of land.
  • * Fuller
  • small tracks of ground
  • (automotive) The distance between two opposite wheels on a same axletree (also track width)
  • (automotive) Short for caterpillar track.
  • (cricket) The pitch.
  • Sound stored on a record.
  • The physical track on a record.
  • (music) A song or other relatively short piece of music, on a record, separated from others by a short silence
  • Circular (never-ending) data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk, divided into sectors.
  • (uncountable, sports) The racing events of track and field; track and field in general.
  • A session talk on a conference.
  • Synonyms

    * (mark left by something that has passed along) trace, trail, wake * (mark or impression left by the foot) footprint * (entire lower surface of the foot) * path, road, way * (course) course, path, trajectory, way * course, racetrack * (the permanent way) rails, railway, train tracks, tracks * (tract or area) area, parcel, region, tract * (distance between two opposite wheels) track width * ground, pitch * (sound stored on a record) recording * (physical track on a record) groove * (circular data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk) * (track and field) athletics, track and field

    Derived terms

    * * album track * beaten track * fast track * half-track * half-tracker * lose track * mid-track * mommy track * off the beaten track * on the right track * on track * one-track mind * railroad track * railway track * reserved track * tenure-track * title track * track and field * trackball * track-mounted * trackpad * track record * track spike * track width * train track * tram track

    See also

    * path * trail


    (en verb)
  • To observe the (measured) state of an object over time
  • To monitor the movement of a person or object.
  • To discover the location of a person or object (usually in the form track down ).
  • To follow the tracks of.
  • My uncle spent all day tracking the deer.
  • To leave in the form of tracks.
  • In winter, my cat tracks mud all over the house.


    * (observe the state of an object over time) monitor * (monitor the movement of a person or object) follow * (discover the location of a person or object) find, locate, trace, track down

    Derived terms

    * track down * tracking shot