track·​ing | \ ˈtra-kiŋ How to pronounce tracking (audio) \

Definition of tracking

1 : the assigning of students to a curricular track
2 : the standard distance between adjacent characters (as in composed text) : letterspacing — compare kerning

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Examples of tracking in a Sentence

took a class in the tracking of game that the hunters' association offers
Recent Examples on the Web His official cause, mode and manner of death are still pending additional investigation, and as of Monday afternoon no San Quentin deaths were counted on the prison healthcare system’s official COVID-19 tracking website. Jason Fagone,, "San Quentin coronavirus outbreak: Death Row prisoner who was found dead tested positive," 29 June 2020 He was released on his own recognizance, and a judge declined a government request that the student wear an electronic tracking device. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "GW student makes first appearance in Andrew Jackson statue vandalism case," 29 June 2020 Scientists at the National Bureau of Economic Research analyzed the relationship between anonymous cell phone tracking data from cities where Black Lives Matter protests occurred and CDC data on new COVID-19 cases. Kat Eschner, Popular Science, "COVID-19 cases are surging, but not because of Black Lives Matter protests," 25 June 2020 Kyle Kuzma wondered if the ring is also a tracking device. oregonlive, "NBA offering players ‘smart’ rings that could detect coronavirus symptoms early: Report," 23 June 2020 Initially marketed as a sleep tracking device, the Oura Ring monitors physiological data such as temperature, breathing and heart patterns. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "NBA players can wear smart rings to detect COVID-19 symptoms when season returns," 19 June 2020 In the majority of states including Kentucky that issued stay-at-home orders, bike shops were deemed essential businesses that could stay open, according to tracking by the League of American Bicyclists. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "First, it was a toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortage. Now it's bicycles and helmets," 11 June 2020 The number of new coronavirus cases reported in Florida each day has increased an average of roughly 46% over the past week, according to a national tracking website. Holly Yan, CNN, "Just in time for summer, Florida's seeing a surge in coronavirus cases. But there's good news, too," 8 June 2020 Improve policing data collection, analysis and evaluation capabilities – including tracking by race. Sarah Brookbank,, "George Floyd protests in Cincinnati: No arrests; viral video; old-school leaders, new gen protests; what's next," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of tracking

circa 1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tracking was circa 1929

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3 Jul 2020

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“Tracking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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