Tract meaning

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A system of organs and tissues that together perform a specialized function.

The alimentary tract.

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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.

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A stretch or lapse of time.
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A leaflet or pamphlet containing a declaration or appeal, especially one put out by a religious or political group.
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A continuous expanse of land or of water, mineral deposit, etc.; stretch; extent; area.
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A housing development.
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In the former Latin Mass, one or more penitential verses said, as in Lent, after the Gradual.
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A treatise.
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A propagandizing pamphlet, esp. one on a religious or political subject.
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A bundle of nerve fibers having a common origin, termination, and function.
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A series of body organs that work together to perform a specialized function, such as digestion.
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A bundle of nerve fibers, especially in the central nervous system, that begin and end in the same place and share a common function.
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An area or expanse.

An unexplored tract of sea.

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A series of connected body organs, as in the digestive tract.
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A small booklet such as a pamphlet, often for promotional or informational uses.
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A brief treatise or discourse on a subject.
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A commentator's view or perspective on a subject.
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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.
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Shakespeare.

But flies an eagle flight, bold, and forth on, / Leaving no tract behind.

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(obsolete) To pursue, follow; to track.
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(obsolete) To draw out; to protract.

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The verses from Scripture sung after the gradual in the Roman Catholic Mass during penitential seasons such as Lent or as part of a Requiem.
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Origin of tract

  • Middle English tracte treatise probably short for Latin tractātus from past participle of tractāre to discuss frequentative of trahere to draw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English tracte from Medieval Latin tractus from Latin a drawing out (from its being an uninterrupted solo) tract1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English period of time from Latin tractus course, space, period of time from past participle of trahere to draw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From tractus, the perfect passive participle of Latin trahō.

    From Wiktionary

  • From tractus, the participle stem of Latin trahere.

    From Wiktionary