- The definition of a tract is a period of time, or an area of land, or a system in the body that has a specific function, or a set of religious verses sung in a Roman Catholic mass.
- An example of a tract is a section of five acres of farmland.
- An example of a tract is the digestive system.
- An example of a tract is a combination of Bible verses recited during Easter religious services.
tract definition by Webster's New World
- duration or lapse of time
- a period of time
- a continuous expanse of land or of water, mineral deposit, etc.; stretch; extent; area
- ☆ Chiefly West a housing development
- Anat., Zool.
- a system of parts or organs, or an elongated region, having some special function: the genitourinary tract
- a bundle of nerve fibers having the same origin, termination, and function
Origin: ML(Ec) tractusR.C.Ch. in the former Latin Mass, one or more penitential verses said, as in Lent, after the Gradual
Origin: Classical Latin tractus, a drawing out, extent ; from past participle of trahere, to draw
- Obsolete a treatise
- a propagandizing pamphlet, esp. one on a religious or political subject
Origin: Middle English tracte ; from Late Latin tractatus: see tractate
tract definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An expanse of land or water.b. A specified or limited area of land: developing a 30-acre tract.
- Anatomy a. A system of organs and tissues that together perform a specialized function: the alimentary tract.b. A bundle of nerve fibers having a common origin, termination, and function.
- Archaic A stretch or lapse of time.
Origin: Middle English, period of time, from Latin tractus, course, space, period of time, from past participle of trahere, to draw.
Origin: Middle English tracte, treatise, probably short for Latin tractātus, from past participle of tractāre, to discuss, frequentative of trahere, to draw.
Origin: Middle English tracte, from Medieval Latin tractus, from Latin, a drawing out (from its being an uninterrupted solo); see tract1.
tract - Business Definition
tract - Medical Definition
- An elongated assembly of tissue or organs having a common origin, function, and termination, or a serial arrangement having a common function.
- A bundle of nerve fibers having a common origin, termination, and function.
tract - Science Definition
- A series of body organs that work together to perform a specialized function, such as digestion.
- A bundle of nerve fibers, especially in the central nervous system, that begin and end in the same place and share a common function.