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[sing-guh l-trak] /ˈsɪŋ gəlˈtræk/
(of a railroad or section of a railroad's route) having but one set of tracks, so that trains going in opposite directions must be scheduled to meet only at points where there are sidings.
having a narrow scope; one-track:
He has a single-track mind.
Origin of single-track
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A woman as straightforward and direct as she has what is known as a single-track mind in such matters.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • You are standing with him beside a curving bit of single-track.

    The Railroad Problem Edward Hungerford
  • Summing up, we have the following as the cost per lineal foot for lining this single-track tunnel with concrete: Per lin.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • The railroad was single-track, so trains could pass only where there was a siding.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout Alfred Bishop Mason
  • Their train is a slow one; it is side-tracked for the great fliers as they reach a single-track road.

  • "Mine is a single-track mind," he remarked as though to himself.

    The Slayer Of souls Robert Chambers
  • She worked with single-track intentness until Ming Soy announced luncheon.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • "You've sure got a single-track mind, boy," Strawn chuckled.

    Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
  • This district is reached only by one single-track line, and all rolling stock had to be returned over the same line.

    The Railroad Problem Edward Hungerford
  • The extent of the electrification thus required was found to be about 100 single-track miles.

British Dictionary definitions for single-track


(of a railway) having only a single pair of lines, so that trains can travel in only one direction at a time
(of a road) only wide enough for one vehicle
able to think about only one thing; one-track
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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