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Meaning of tract by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ækt

    Etymology 1

    From tractus, the perfect passive participle of Latin trahō .


    tract ( plural: tracts )

    1. An area or expanse of land .
    2. A series of connected body organs, as in the digestive tract .
    3. A small booklet such as a pamphlet, often for promotional or informational uses .
    4. A brief treatise or discourse on a subject of interest .
    5. A commentator's view or perspective on a subject .
    6. Continued or protracted duration, length, extent
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    Etymology 2

    From tractus, the participle stem of Latin trahere .


    tract ( third-person singular simple present tracts present participle tracting, simple past and past participle tracted )

    1. ( obsolete ) To pursue, follow; to track.
    2. ( obsolete ) To draw out; to protract .
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Explanation of tract by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a bundle of myelinated nerve fibers following a path through the brain

    2. a system of body parts that together serve some particular purpose

    3. a brief treatise on a subject of interest

    4. an extended area of land

    Definition of tract by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Tract n. [Abbrev.fr. tractate.] A written discourse or dissertation, generally of short extent; a short treatise, especially on practical religion.

      The church clergy at that time writ the best collection of tracts against popery that ever appeared. Swift.

      Tracts for the Times. See Tractarian.

    2. Tract, n. [L. tractus a drawing, train, track, course, tract of land, from trahere tractum, to draw. Senses 4 and 5 are perhaps due to confusion with track. See Trace,v., and cf. Tratt.]
      1. Something drawn out or extended; expanse. “The deep tract of hell.” Milton.

      2. A region or quantity of land or water, of indefinite extent; an area; as, “an unexplored tract of sea”.

      A very high mountain joined to the mainland by a narrow tract of earth. Addison.

      3. Traits; features; lineaments. [Obs.]

      The discovery of a man's self by the tracts of his countenance is a great weakness. Bacon.

      4. The footprint of a wild beast. [Obs.] Dryden.

      5. Track; trace. [Obs.]

      Efface all tract of its traduction. Sir T. Browne.

      But flies an eagle flight, bold, and forthon,

      Leaving no tract behind. Shak.

      6. Treatment; exposition. [Obs.] Shak.

      7. Continuity or extension of anything; as, “the tract of speech”. [Obs.] Older.

      8. Continued or protracted duration; length; extent. “Improved by tract of time.” Milton.

      9. ( R. C. Ch. ) Verses of Scripture sung at Mass, instead of the Alleluia, from Septuagesima Sunday till the Saturday befor Easter; -- so called because sung tractim, or without a break, by one voice, instead of by many as in the antiphons.

      Syn. -- Region; district; quarter; essay; treatise; dissertation.

    3. Tract, v. t. To trace out; to track; also, to draw out; to protact. [Obs.] Spenser. B. Jonson.