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 But a glitch in the Marine Corps’ tracking system was erroneously displaying pilots as qualified for skills they hadn’t been tested on for a year or more. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines," 2 Jan. 2020 In criminal sectors, this means an increase in identify fraud, banking fraud, listening and monitoring people through IoT devices, and in some extreme cases, the tracking and murder of people who threaten or harm their industries. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "The Data Decade: How We Were Bought and Stolen in the 2010s," 10 Dec. 2019 The law endorsing the creation of such a tracking system passed last year. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "Ohio closer to launching rape-kit tracking system to help victims follow evidence," 24 Nov. 2019 The tracking made affected staff uncomfortable, the spokeswoman said. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google fires staffer, suspends two others, amid rising workplace tensions," 13 Nov. 2019 The questions used highlighted aspects of the program that are cited by its supporters, including the tracking of criminals from crime scenes, the potential to help solve crimes, and outside oversight and funding. Kevin Rector,, "Over 70% of Baltimore residents would support controversial surveillance plane, poll shows," 14 Oct. 2019 Going into Week 4, I was told San Francisco had 15 players hit a game speed of 20 mph (per the NFL’s tracking), which was tops in the league. Albert Breer,, "Forget the Hype—the Browns Are Beginning to Believe in Themselves," 30 Sep. 2019 Even so, breweries remain on the rise in Florida, with the national Brewers Association tracking 35 openings and five closings in the state between September 2018 and this August. Austin Fuller,, "Florida craft beer lovers can raise a glass. More breweries are on tap even as some close.," 9 Sep. 2019 MassHealth said a software that was in use during the audit period had some flaws that led to mistakes being made in the tracking of prescriptions. John R. Ellement,, "State auditor says MassHealth made nearly $1 million in improper payments for medication," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tracking.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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