- 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.
- 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 of tractML(Ec) tractusR.C.Ch. in the former Latin Mass, one or more penitential verses said, as in Lent, after the Gradual
Origin of tractClassical 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 of tractMiddle English tracte ; from Late Latin tractatus: see tractate
- 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 of tractMiddle English, period of time, from Latin tractus, course, space, period of time, from past participle of trahere, to draw.
Origin of tractMiddle English tracte, treatise, probably short for Latin tractātus, from past participle of tractāre, to discuss, frequentative of trahere, to draw.
Origin of tractMiddle English tracte, from Medieval Latin tractus, from Latin, a drawing out (from its being an uninterrupted solo); see tract1.
- An area or expanse.
- an unexplored tract of sea
- A series of connected body organs, as in the digestive tract.
- A small booklet such as a pamphlet, often for promotional or informational uses.
- A brief treatise or discourse on a subject.
- A commentator's view or perspective on a subject.
- Continued or protracted duration, length, extent
- Part of the proper of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist for many Christian denominations, used instead of the alleluia during Lenten or pre-Lenten seasons, in a Requiem Mass, and on a few other penitential occasions.
- But flies an eagle flight, bold, and forth on, / Leaving no tract behind.
- tractate noun
From tractus, the perfect passive participle of Latin trahō.
(third-person singular simple present tracts, present participle tracting, simple past and past participle tracted)
From tractus, the participle stem of Latin trahere.