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track

1. in. [for a laser beam, a phonograph stylus, a tape head, etc.] to successfully transfer information to or from a recording medium. Something here won’t track. Must be the stylus.
2. in. [for a person] to make sense. (Usually in the negative.) She wasn’t tracking. There was no sense in trying to talk to her before she came out of it.
3. in. to coincide; to agree; to jibe. These two things don’t track. I don’t know what’s wrong.
4. n. a musical selection on a recording of some kind. The next track is my favorite.
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No wonder the poor devil of a convict ran and screamed, even as our friend did, and as we ourselves might have done, when he saw such a creature bounding through the darkness of the moor upon his track.
Following the tracks, we had left the morass and passed through a screen of brushwood and trees.
Surely, with stains as well as the track to guide us, he cannot escape us now.
We picked up the track and followed it onward for some distance, but soon the moor rose into a long, heather-tufted curve, and we left the watercourse behind us.
As the track led his way, he followed, prepared to meet the maker of it at every turn of the stream.
These are indeed the tracks of straight-horned oxen, but they are turned backwards towards the flowery meadow.
But the bell rings, and I must get off the track and let the cars go by;--
He stopped at some quarter of a mile from the house, hesitating whether to pursue the road, or to follow a cart track between two high hedgerows, which led across the slope of a breezy heath, and evidently struck into the road again by-and-by.
The trouble was over in an amazingly short time, for from the judges' stand beside the track the announcer was bellowing the start of the boys' foot-race; and Bert, disappointed, joined Billy and the two girls on the hillside looking down upon the track.
So I went to him that night and told him pap was here again, for I found his tracks in the snow.
I was interested to note that the tracks of the pursuing horsemen, for such I was now convinced they must be, continued after Powell with only a brief stop at the hole for water; and always at the same rate of speed as his.
How we traveled at a dogged run until we dropped in our tracks.
He suddenly found himself tremendously hungry and as he circled about over the sandy bottom searching among the tangled network of innumerable tracks for those of his proteges, there broke from his lips involuntarily the whine of a hungry beast.
This he would have known at once by the tracks through the mud.
Taking a wide circuit round the ultimate tracks, so as to leave them undisturbed for further examination, the man proceeded to the spring, the girl following, weak and terrified.