Definition of trackway in English:



  • 1A path formed by the repeated treading of people or animals.

    • ‘The modern trackways all had drag traces from gastropod shells.’
    • ‘No trackway evidence of running by larger animals such as T. rex has been found, which is not unexpected.’
    • ‘The fact that practically all dinosaur trackways are straight strongly favours animals desperately trying to escape some catastrophe.’
    • ‘They therefore contribute more information than trackways towards our understanding of the diversity of ancient arthropod communities.’
    • ‘The Uhangri sauropod ichnites are the first Late Cretaceous manus-only sauropod trackways and are among the few Late Cretaceous sauropod tracks.’
    • ‘Thirty feet perhaps represented a good width for a beaten trackway in these parts.’
    • ‘Although the 105 Uhangri tracks are variable with respect to depth and size, they appear to have been made by the same kind of animal because they form trackways.’
    • ‘The manus-dominanted trackways initially were interpreted as having been made by swimming animals that floated their hindquarters while walking along the bottom with their forelimbs.’
    • ‘In contrast, trackway C follows a straight line with 10 regular footprints made over a smaller incline.’
    • ‘More importantly, the traces do not form an organized trackway and the traces are all alike with no distinction between fore and hind feet.’
    • ‘Other trackways start or stop abruptly, with no sign that the animals’ missing tracks were covered by some disturbance such as shifting sediments.’
    • ‘The first dinosaur trackway - a trail of 34 footprints of an Allosaurus - was identified by Zimbabwean geologist Tim Broderick only two kilometres away from the new site.’
    • ‘A ‘track’ is the impression of a foot or other walking appendage in sediment; consecutive tracks are called a trackway.’
    • ‘However, these rocks do record the earliest presence of dinosaurs in the form of numerous trackways in southwestern Gondwana.’
    • ‘Animals are getting larger and making more substantial trackways; in addition, they're beginning to burrow down into the sediment.’
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    1. 1.1An ancient roadway.
      • ‘The main visible archaeological features are in stone, notably walls, cairns and trackways, with possible remains of a few rectangular buildings and burial cairns.’
      • ‘I was excavating the end of a Roman trackway where it reached the edge of the gravel terrace and was covered by a layer of peat.’
      • ‘Amongst the earliest structures revealed during the survey were trackways from the 4th millennium BC, visible only very rarely at extreme low water.’
      • ‘Medieval Britain inherited around 10,000 miles of Roman road, combined with an extensive network of trackways following less clearly defined routes.’
      • ‘A digger bought the remains of the medieval boat to light, wedged up against an ancient trackway apparently laid down over the muddy ground leading to the river bank.’
      • ‘Once the excavation is complete, the trackway will be backfilled with earth again, as this is the best way to preserve the timbers.’
      • ‘Pre-Inclosure maps show patterns of fields, trackways, roads and hedges in the valley that must be prehistoric because they are cut across by Roman roads and other Roman features.’
      • ‘Far older, yet equally abundant, are the barrows, hillforts, stone circles, camps, standing stones, trackways, and other relics of prehistoric times that have survived for several thousand years.’
      • ‘Housing comprised dormitories for single men, smaller huts for married men with families and separate huts for foremen all arranged in formal rows separated by trackways.’
      • ‘The Duxford enclosure stood at a significant point in the landscape, overlooking the point where the Icknield Way - the major trackway from Wessex to East Anglia - crosses the River Cam.’
      • ‘Walk out of your door and you are soon on a medieval trackway, a medieval pilgrimage route, or a medieval market place.’
      • ‘Walkers travel via ancient trackways and through some of Wiltshire's most unspoilt landscapes.’
      • ‘Fragments of wattle and daub used in the house construction plus a trackway lined with treetrunks leading to the entrance have also been uncovered.’
      • ‘Levels of population, for example, played a crucial role in the development of roads and trackways; so, too, standards of law and order and political structures.’
      • ‘Maiden Castle was at that time a permanent settlement with stone and wooden houses linked by surfaced trackways.’
      • ‘Prehistoric timber trackways are well known, but in June archaeologists excavated an unusual Early Medieval track at Llancynfelyn near Talybont, Ceredigion.’
      • ‘These were surrounded by fences, middens and trackways.’