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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Track  \Track\,  n.  [OF.  trac  track  of  horses,  mules,  trace  of 
  animals;  of  Teutonic  origin;  cf.D.  trek  a  drawing,  trekken  to 
  draw,  travel,  march,  MHG.  trechen  pret.  trach.  Cf  {Trick}.] 
  1.  A  mark  left  by  something  that  has  passed  along  as  the 
  track,  or  wake,  of  a  ship;  the  track  of  a  meteor;  the 
  track  of  a  sled  or  a  wheel. 
 
  The  bright  track  of  his  fiery  car  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  mark  or  impression  left  by  the  foot,  either  of  man  or 
  beast;  trace;  vestige;  footprint. 
 
  Far  from  track  of  men.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  entire  lower  surface  of  the  foot;  --  said 
  of  birds,  etc 
 
  4.  A  road;  a  beaten  path. 
 
  Behold  Torquatus  the  same  track  pursue.  --Dryden. 
 
  5.  Course;  way  as  the  track  of  a  comet. 
 
  6.  A  path  or  course  laid  out  for  a  race,  for  exercise,  etc 
 
  7.  (Railroad)  The  permanent  way  the  rails. 
 
  8.  [Perhaps  a  mistake  for  tract.]  A  tract  or  area,  as  of 
  land.  [Obs.]  ``Small  tracks  of  ground.''  --Fuller. 
 
  {Track  scale},  a  railway  scale.  See  under  {Railway}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Track  \Track\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {tracked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {tracking}.] 
  To  follow  the  tracks  or  traces  of  to  pursue  by  following  the 
  marks  of  the  feet;  to  trace;  to  trail;  as  to  track  a  deer  in 
  the  snow. 
 
  It  was  often  found  impossible  to  track  the  robbers  to 
  their  retreats  among  the  hills  and  morasses. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  (Naut.)  To  draw  along  continuously,  as  a  vessel,  by  a 
  line  men  or  animals  on  shore  being  the  motive  power;  to 
  tow. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gauge  \Gauge\,  n.  [Written  also  gage.] 
  1.  A  measure;  a  standard  of  measure;  an  instrument  to 
  determine  dimensions,  distance,  or  capacity;  a  standard. 
 
  This  plate  must  be  a  gauge  to  file  your  worm  and 
  groove  to  equal  breadth  by  --Moxon. 
 
  There  is  not  in  our  hands  any  fixed  gauge  of  minds. 
  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  Measure;  dimensions;  estimate. 
 
  The  gauge  and  dimensions  of  misery,  depression,  and 
  contempt.  --Burke. 
 
  3.  (Mach.  &  Manuf.)  Any  instrument  for  ascertaining  or 
  regulating  the  dimensions  or  forms  of  things  a  templet  or 
  template;  as  a  button  maker's  gauge. 
 
  4.  (Physics)  Any  instrument  or  apparatus  for  measuring  the 
  state  of  a  phenomenon,  or  for  ascertaining  its  numerical 
  elements  at  any  moment;  --  usually  applied  to  some 
  particular  instrument;  as  a  rain  gauge;  a  steam  gauge. 
 
  5.  (Naut.) 
  a  Relative  positions  of  two  or  more  vessels  with 
  reference  to  the  wind;  as  a  vessel  has  the  weather 
  gauge  of  another  when  on  the  windward  side  of  it  and 
  the  lee  gauge  when  on  the  lee  side  of  it 
  b  The  depth  to  which  a  vessel  sinks  in  the  water. 
  --Totten. 
 
  6.  The  distance  between  the  rails  of  a  railway. 
 
  Note:  The  standard  gauge  of  railroads  in  most  countries  is 
  four  feet,  eight  and  one  half  inches.  Wide,  or  broad, 
  gauge,  in  the  United  States,  is  six  feet;  in  England, 
  seven  feet,  and  generally  any  gauge  exceeding  standard 
  gauge.  Any  gauge  less  than  standard  gauge  is  now  called 
  narrow  gauge.  It  varies  from  two  feet  to  three  feet  six 
  inches. 
 
  7.  (Plastering)  The  quantity  of  plaster  of  Paris  used  with 
  common  plaster  to  accelerate  its  setting. 
 
  8.  (Building)  That  part  of  a  shingle,  slate,  or  tile,  which 
  is  exposed  to  the  weather,  when  laid;  also  one  course  of 
  such  shingles,  slates,  or  tiles. 
 
  {Gauge  of  a  carriage},  {car},  etc.,  the  distance  between  the 
  wheels;  --  ordinarily  called  the  {track}. 
 
  {Gauge  cock},  a  stop  cock  used  as  a  try  cock  for  ascertaining 
  the  height  of  the  water  level  in  a  steam  boiler. 
 
  {Gauge  concussion}  (Railroads),  the  jar  caused  by  a  car-wheel 
  flange  striking  the  edge  of  the  rail. 
 
  {Gauge  glass},  a  glass  tube  for  a  water  gauge. 
 
  {Gauge  lathe},  an  automatic  lathe  for  turning  a  round  object 
  having  an  irregular  profile,  as  a  baluster  or  chair  round, 
  to  a  templet  or  gauge. 
 
  {Gauge  point},  the  diameter  of  a  cylinder  whose  altitude  is 
  one  inch,  and  contents  equal  to  that  of  a  unit  of  a  given 
  measure;  --  a  term  used  in  gauging  casks,  etc 
 
  {Gauge  rod},  a  graduated  rod,  for  measuring  the  capacity  of 
  barrels,  casks,  etc 
 
  {Gauge  saw},  a  handsaw,  with  a  gauge  to  regulate  the  depth  of 
  cut.  --Knight. 
 
  {Gauge  stuff},  a  stiff  and  compact  plaster,  used  in  making 
  cornices,  moldings,  etc.,  by  means  of  a  templet. 
 
  {Gauge  wheel},  a  wheel  at  the  forward  end  of  a  plow  beam,  to 
  determine  the  depth  of  the  furrow. 
 
  {Joiner's  gauge},  an  instrument  used  to  strike  a  line 
  parallel  to  the  straight  side  of  a  board,  etc 
 
  {Printer's  gauge},  an  instrument  to  regulate  the  length  of 
  the  page. 
 
  {Rain  gauge},  an  instrument  for  measuring  the  quantity  of 
  rain  at  any  given  place 
 
  {Salt  gauge},  or  {Brine  gauge},  an  instrument  or  contrivance 
  for  indicating  the  degree  of  saltness  of  water  from  its 
  specific  gravity,  as  in  the  boilers  of  ocean  steamers. 
 
  {Sea  gauge},  an  instrument  for  finding  the  depth  of  the  sea. 
 
 
  {Siphon  gauge},  a  glass  siphon  tube,  partly  filled  with 
  mercury,  --  used  to  indicate  pressure,  as  of  steam,  or  the 
  degree  of  rarefaction  produced  in  the  receiver  of  an  air 
  pump  or  other  vacuum;  a  manometer. 
 
  {Sliding  gauge}.  (Mach.) 
  a  A  templet  or  pattern  for  gauging  the  commonly  accepted 
  dimensions  or  shape  of  certain  parts  in  general  use 
  as  screws,  railway-car  axles,  etc 
  b  A  gauge  used  only  for  testing  other  similar  gauges, 
  and  preserved  as  a  reference,  to  detect  wear  of  the 
  working  gauges. 
  c  (Railroads)  See  Note  under  {Gauge},  n.,  5. 
 
  {Star  gauge}  (Ordnance),  an  instrument  for  measuring  the 
  diameter  of  the  bore  of  a  cannon  at  any  point  of  its 
  length. 
 
  {Steam  gauge},  an  instrument  for  measuring  the  pressure  of 
  steam,  as  in  a  boiler. 
 
  {Tide  gauge},  an  instrument  for  determining  the  height  of  the 
  tides. 
 
  {Vacuum  gauge},  a  species  of  barometer  for  determining  the 
  relative  elasticities  of  the  vapor  in  the  condenser  of  a 
  steam  engine  and  the  air. 
 
  {Water  gauge}. 
  a  A  contrivance  for  indicating  the  height  of  a  water 
  surface,  as  in  a  steam  boiler;  as  by  a  gauge  cock  or 
  glass. 
  b  The  height  of  the  water  in  the  boiler. 
 
  {Wind  gauge},  an  instrument  for  measuring  the  force  of  the 
  wind  on  any  given  surface;  an  anemometer. 
 
  {Wire  gauge},  a  gauge  for  determining  the  diameter  of  wire  or 
  the  thickness  of  sheet  metal;  also  a  standard  of  size. 
  See  under  {Wire}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  track 
  n  1:  a  line  or  route  along  which  something  travels  or  moves:  "the 
  hurricane  demolished  houses  in  its  path";  "the  track  of 
  an  animal";  "the  course  of  the  river"  [syn:  {path},  {course}] 
  2:  evidence  pointing  to  a  possible  solution;  "the  police  are 
  following  a  promising  lead";  "the  trail  led  straight  to 
  the  perpetrator"  [syn:  {lead},  {trail}] 
  3:  a  pair  of  parallel  rails  providing  a  runway  for  wheels 
  4:  a  course  over  which  races  are  run  [syn:  {racetrack},  {racecourse}, 
  {raceway}] 
  5:  (computer  science)  one  of  the  circular  magnetic  patterns  on 
  a  magnetic  disk  that  serve  as  a  guide  for  writing  and 
  reading  data  [syn:  {data  track}] 
  6:  a  groove  on  a  phonograph  recording 
  7:  a  bar  or  bars  of  rolled  steel  making  a  track  along  which 
  vehicles  can  roll  [syn:  {rail},  {rails}] 
  8:  any  road  or  path  affording  passage  especially  a  rough  one 
  [syn:  {cart  track},  {cartroad}] 
  9:  the  act  of  participating  in  an  athletic  competition 
  involving  running  on  a  track  [syn:  {running}] 
  v  1:  carry  (as  mud)  on  the  feet  and  deposit 
  2:  observe  or  plot  the  moving  path  of  something  (e.g.,  a  target 
  or  missile) 
  3:  go  after  with  the  intent  to  catch  [syn:  {chase},  {chase 
  after},  {trail},  {tail},  {tag},  {dog},  {go  after}] 
  4:  travel  across  or  pass  over  "The  caravan  covered  almost  100 
  miles  each  day"  [syn:  {traverse},  {cover},  {cross},  {pass 
  over},  {get  over},  {get  across},  {cut  through},  {cut 
  across}] 
  5:  make  tracks  upon 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  track 
 
    The  part  of  a  {disk}  which  passes  under  one 
  read/write  head  while  the  head  is  stationary.  The  number  of 
  tracks  on  a  disk  surface  therefore  corresponds  to  the  number 
  of  different  radial  positions  of  the  head(s).  The  collection 
  of  all  tracks  on  all  surfaces  at  a  given  radial  position  is 
  known  a  {cylinder}  and  each  track  is  divided  into  {sectors}. 
 
  (1997-07-15) 
 
 




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