One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of land) having no paths or tracks on it.‘leading travelers into trackless wastelands’
uninhabited, unpopulated, uncultivated, unfarmed, unmanaged, virginView synonyms
- ‘For miles and miles we walk through the trackless waste of sun-bleached salt clay.’
- ‘There will be no hot afternoons where I'm pounded brown by the Aztec sun, the cool beer vanishing into my body like a drop of rain in the trackless Sahara.’
- ‘A platoon of soldiers stands at a checkpoint on a barren road in the middle of miles and miles of trackless desert.’
- ‘He snorted and looked back over the deserted pasturelands to the trackless wilderness behind them.’
- ‘Between the fence and Lake Tensaw tall slash pines flashed high needles in the sun; on the north were dense cane swamps, on the east trackless marshes.’
- ‘We point it out to visitors and try to ignore the trackless wastes that are my responsibility.’
- ‘Africa's largest reserve, the Selous, is a massive 55,000 sq. km. of trackless wilderness covered by brachystegia and miombo woodland, palm fringed swamp and sand rivers.’
- ‘Quoting from an old manuscript he said the area was described as ‘little better than a wilderness of trackless woods and treacherous bogs’.’
- ‘The nurtured blossoms gave way to the electrified fence of the camel-racing track in the arid wilderness and then to seemingly trackless dunes like vast featureless waves frozen in motion.’
- ‘It requires you to do so on rough, steep, largely trackless terrain that it's hard even to walk on safely.’
- ‘To venture into the almost trackless south of the Rufiji River, to the network of tributaries and oxbow lakes, is truly wild.’
- ‘It has areas of trackless wilderness that stretch as far as the eye can see, indeed if there is a country that encapsulates all that is wild and free in terms of wildlife is Zambia.’
- ‘Travelling by dog-team, the frozen surface of the Tanana and Yukon Rivers were our icy highways through the trackless interior.’
- ‘Mile 291: Grab the GPS and start navigating on foot across miles of trackless terrain that'll take you into the interior of the Richardson mountains.’
- ‘For two days they followed Stoney Book northeast through the trackless northern wastes, and on the third, Lily was certain that the Marsh must lay far-off yet.’
- ‘Now this may be severe but when you are on the trackless desert of Arabia and your life is entrusted to a horse, you had better have a trained obedient horse.’
- ‘He remembered hunting with him, riding trails and through trackless wilderness, laughing, sharing stories of their families.’
- ‘To provide guidance for a route that sidesteps the timeless, trackless path of the gazelles, the researchers are studying the creatures' habits - and habitats.’
- ‘Never bite on such questions because they'll lead you into a trackless wasteland and you'll never get out of it.’
- 1.1literary Not leaving a track or trace.
2(of a vehicle or component) not running on a track or tracks.
- ‘The tram ticket brings to mind that even after the last war there still remained two metal lattice-work stanchions that carried the power for the trackless trams to Oxenhope and Haworth.’
- ‘The trolley, a trackless affair which drew its motive power from overhead wires, surged smoothly through the late morning traffic with its handful of riders.’
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