half-track

[haf-trak, hahf-]
noun
1.
a caterpillar tread that runs over and under the rear or driving wheels of a vehicle but is not connected with the forward wheels: used especially on military vehicles.
2.
a motor vehicle with rear driving wheels on caterpillar treads.
3.
Military. an armored vehicle equipped with half-tracks.
Also, halftrack.


Origin:
1925–30

half-tracked, adjective
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half-track
 
n
a vehicle with caterpillar tracks on the wheels that supply motive power only
 
'half-tracked
 
adj

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half-track

motormotor vehicle that has wheels in the front and tanklike tracks at the back. Rugged armoured all-terrain half-tracks were widely used by American and German forces in World War II as armoured personnel carriers and for other purposes. They usually had open tops, armoured sides, and engine coverings

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Example sentences
The bridge was then pulled across the river using a half-track trailer.
Half-track damage to vegetation was more severe than airboat traffic damage.
And two tanks and a half-track came up with our reserve platoon.
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