1. The placing of students in any of several courses of study according to ability, achievement, or needs. Also called ability grouping.
2. The position of a magnetic tape as it moves across magnetic heads, as in a VCR.
3. The lateral pressure of a phonograph needle as it tracks in a groove.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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