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.(noun)
See tract in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ML(Ec) tractusR.C.Ch. in the former Latin Mass, one or more penitential verses said, as in Lent, after the Gradual
Origin: L tractus, a drawing out, extent < pp. of trahere, to draw
Origin: ME tracte < LL tractatus: see tractate
See tract in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, period of time
Origin: , from Latin tractus, course, space, period of time
Origin: , from past participle of trahere, to draw.
Origin: Middle English tracte, treatise
Origin: , probably short for Latin tractātus
Origin: , from past participle of tractāre, to discuss, frequentative of trahere, to draw.
Origin: Middle English tracte
Origin: , from Medieval Latin tractus
Origin: , from Latin, a drawing out (from its being an uninterrupted solo); see tract1.
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