Definition of tracker in US English:



  • 1A person who tracks someone or something by following their trail.

    • ‘This would mean that participants could qualify as chefs, skinners, trackers or professional hunters and be recognised for their skills.’
    • ‘Polish border police fighting smugglers of people, drugs, tobacco, nuclear material and weapons are employing American Indian trackers to guard the frontier with Ukraine.’
    • ‘In the following manhunt, police used aboriginal trackers and aircraft to comb an area stretching thousands of miles, but to no avail.’
    • ‘From there, the trackers could follow the trail.’
    • ‘It is the story of an Aboriginal tracker who guides three police troopers in search of an accused Aboriginal man.’
    • ‘While they are resting during the day, Kino discovers that there are trackers following them.’
    • ‘Some of us were hunters, trackers, warriors, scouts, and homemakers.’
    • ‘Aboriginal trackers lead the police to the boy, who had stayed behind in town despite the departure of the funfair.’
    • ‘We follow a group of zoologists and trackers into a forest where, spying their quarry, a wild, naked girl, they shoot her with tranquilliser darts.’
    • ‘Following two expert Waliangulu trackers, we dashed through thick bush to keep the elephant's red, dust covered back in sight as it seemed to float above the gray, leafless Comiphora bush.’
    • ‘He'll have guards and scouts and trackers out all over the city.’
    • ‘Police marksmen with Aborigine trackers were hunting for two dingoes or wild dogs who attacked the boys on Fraser Island, scene of a spate of attacks in recent years.’
    • ‘With these professional trackers, we find animals signs everywhere.’
    • ‘A dozen wildlife trackers and sheriff's deputies had searched more than 24 hours for the animal, which escaped on Monday.’
    • ‘Aboriginal trackers led the police to his doorstep.’
    • ‘His body has never been found, despite months of searching that involved police agents, Aboriginal trackers and helicopters.’
    • ‘During the search, police used aboriginal trackers and aircraft to search thousands of miles of Outback.’
    • ‘She refuses to separate from him even for Coyotito's sake, and so they continue on looping back and forth, making their trail somewhat difficult for the trackers to follow.’
    • ‘The museum display will tell the story of firemen, policemen, emergency service workers, ambulance workers, trackers - professionals and volunteers.’
    • ‘Whatever the origin, we know the dachshund was developed and refined by the German foresters into an excellent tracker and fearless hunter.’
    1. 1.1 A device that follows and records the movements of someone or something.
      ‘electronic trackers are now showing ornithologists where the birds go’
      • ‘Brokers said the move by Permanent TSB comes as Ulster Bank enjoys huge success with a tracker product even though it is restricted to lowrisk borrowers with healthy loan-to-value ratios.’
      • ‘You may get a better deal by taking out a tracker mortgage or a loan with a discounted, capped or fixed interest rate.’
      • ‘The loan itself is paid off by an alternative investment, such as an index tracker within an ISA wrapper that you're expected to set up.’
      • ‘Someone with a £ 100,000 repayment tracker loan will see their monthly payments go up by £ 14.’
      • ‘Ulster Bank's tracker mortgage in this sector is, again, the cheapest, at 1.05 per cent above the ECB rate.’
  • 2Music
    A connecting rod in the mechanism of some organs.

    • ‘Fritts's are tracker organs, which create sound by a series of levers, springs, and push rods that open valves in a wind-chest to let air pass from bellows to pipes.’
    • ‘In the largest organs the trackers may be tens of metres long.’
    • ‘The tracker mechanism continued in use into the 19th century and has been revived on present-day organs because it gives an immediacy of touch from key to pipe.’