from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The placing of students in any of several courses of study according to ability, achievement, or needs.
  • noun The position of a magnetic tape as it moves across magnetic heads, as in a VCR.
  • noun The lateral pressure of a phonograph needle as it tracks in a groove.

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  • verb Present participle of track.

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  • noun the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or marks they left behind


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  • When does Rogers give you the tracking information? iphone 3gswith Fido, they can give an update & tracking# if you call them. 2009

  • There is another on the other side, what we call a tracking satellite.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2003 2003

  • But the specificity of mobile-enhanced location data triggers an instantaneous fear in users for whom the word "tracking" suggests omnipresent surveillance.

    The Full Feed from The Huffington Post News Editors 2011

  • Mahn explained what he referred to as a "tracking error" between the underlying oil market and the ETFs that "purport to track them in some manner," which have left many advisors and investors bewildered and frustrated. - Top Stories 2011

  • The second thing is that one of the reasons that we believe it's important to change the regulatory regime in some of our states that don't currently provide what I call tracking type of mechanisms, we believe that those kind of mechanisms attract capital investment, may track additional O&M expenses, smooth out the cost impact on consumers and make it from a political standpoint and from a planning standpoint, a must -- planning from our customer standpoint, make it much easier for them to deal with rising rates in the future. Home Page 2009

  • Why has our paper not shown any gumption in tracking down how this bid right here in Portland ties into the TARP picture, if at all.

    Little Lord Paulson critiques his new surroundings (Jack Bog's Blog) 2009

  • Cantwell was answering Republican criticism – most notably from former Vice President Dick Cheney - that the recent decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to open an investigation into CIA interrogations was politically motivated and runs the risk of making the spy agency timid in tracking down terrorists who intend to do the country harm.

    Mortgage program hasn't helped enough, some say 2009

  • As Beachwood Borough researches the development of a historic preservation ordinance and commission, we are going to begin tracking how one municipality to our north, the city of Long Branch, begins the process of introducing a long-sought after preservation ordinance of their own.

    Case Study: Long Branch Seeks Better Future through Historic Preservation « Beachwood Historical Alliance 2009

  • Fred ♪ ♫ ♪ says: please freeman, your link to gps tracking is a joke.

    Think Progress » Kristol Supports Arizona Immigration Law: ‘I Don’t Think It Violates Anyone’s Civil Rights’ 2010

  • (As with Tri-Met, it's not about collecting fees from responsible citizens: the real money is in tracking down the people who can't find an operational ticket machine and hitting them with fines.)

    Coming soon to the Portland parks: parking meters (Jack Bog's Blog) 2009


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  • The Scrabble equivalent of card counting; studying the board to determine what letters are in the bag or an opponent's rack.

    November 27, 2019