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track + -er


tracker (plural trackers)

  1. One who, or that which, tracks or pursues, as a man or dog that follows game.
  2. In the organ, a light strip of wood connecting (in path) a key and a pallet, to communicate motion by pulling.
  3. (computing) A type of computer software for composing music by aligning samples on parallel timelines.
    • 2004, "dilvie", (on newsgroup
      Trackers have broken out of the demoscene, are are[sic] now in use by thousands of professional musicians. It's not uncommon to hear about people using trackers on DJ forums, and electronic music production communities []
    • 2008, Karen Collins, Game sound
      Although there were a few game companies outside the Amiga scene that used a tracker format (Epic Mega-Games, for instance), the majority used the better-supported MIDI.
  4. (computing) A musician who writes music in a tracker.
  5. (computing) A computer program that monitors something.
    1. (file sharing) Server software that coordinates peers in the BitTorrent protocol.
  6. (finance) A tracker mortgage.


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