Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An expanse of land or water.
  • n. A specified or limited area of land: developing a 30-acre tract.
  • n. Anatomy A system of organs and tissues that together perform a specialized function: the alimentary tract.
  • n. Anatomy A bundle of nerve fibers having a common origin, termination, and function.
  • n. Archaic A stretch or lapse of time.
  • n. A leaflet or pamphlet containing a declaration or appeal, especially one put out by a religious or political group.
  • n. The verses from Scripture sung during Lent or on Ember Days after the gradual in the Roman Catholic Mass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An area or expanse of land.
  • n. A series of connected body organs, as in the digestive tract.
  • n. A small booklet such as a pamphlet, often for promotional or informational uses.
  • n. A brief treatise or discourse on a subject of interest.
  • n. A commentator's view or perspective on a subject.
  • n. Continued or protracted duration, length, extent
  • v. To pursue, follow; to track.
  • v. To draw out; to protract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A written discourse or dissertation, generally of short extent; a short treatise, especially on practical religion.
  • n. Something drawn out or extended; expanse.
  • n. A region or quantity of land or water, of indefinite extent; an area.
  • n. Traits; features; lineaments.
  • n. The footprint of a wild beast.
  • n. Track; trace.
  • n. Treatment; exposition.
  • n. Continuity or extension of anything.
  • n. Continued or protracted duration; length; extent.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To trace out; to track; also, to draw out; to protact.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw; draw out; protract; waste.
  • To trace; track; follow.
  • To handle; treat.
  • Hence To discourse or treat of; describe; delineate.
  • n. Extent; a continued passage or duration; process; lapse: used chiefly in the phrase tract of time.
  • n. Course or route; track; way.
  • n. Course or movement; action.
  • n. Attractive influence; attraction; charm.
  • n. Extent; expanse; hence, a region of indefinite extent; a more or less extended area or stretch of land or water: as, a tract of woodland.
  • n. Trait; lineament; feature.
  • n. In anatomy, an area or expanse; the extension of an organ or a system: as, the digestive or alimentary tract; the optic tract. Also called tractus (which see).
  • n. In ornithology, a pteryla, or feathered place: distinguished from space.
  • n. In heraldry, same as tressure.
  • n. The air-passages collectively.
  • n. A short treatise, discourse, or dissertation; especially, a brief printed treatise or discourse on some topic of practical religion.
  • n. In the Roman and some other Western liturgies, an anthem consisting of verses from Scripture (generally from the Psalms), sung instead of the Alleluia after the gradual, or instead of the gradual, from Septuagesima till Easter eve: so called from being sung ‘continuously’ (tractim) by the cantor without interruption of other voices. Also tractus.
  • n. Track; footprint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an extended area of land
  • n. a brief treatise on a subject of interest; published in the form of a booklet
  • n. a system of body parts that together serve some particular purpose
  • n. a bundle of myelinated nerve fibers following a path through the brain

Etymologies

Middle English, period of time, from Latin tractus, course, space, period of time, from past participle of trahere, to draw.
Middle English tracte, treatise, probably short for Latin tractātus, from past participle of tractāre, to discuss, frequentative of trahere, to draw.
Middle English tracte, from Medieval Latin tractus, from Latin, a drawing out (from its being an uninterrupted solo); see tract1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From tractus, the perfect passive participle of Latin trahō. (Wiktionary)
From tractus, the participle stem of Latin trahere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This tract is a portion of Tract No. 1 described in Executive Order No. 6408 of November 7, 1933.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10268

  • The digestive tract is an intricate ballet of organisms, pH, enzymes, nutrients, peptides, and hormones in a dance with its human interface of cells, nerves, blood, lymph, and other fluids.

    Dr. Jeffrey McCombs: God's Hybrid

  • The Ecosystem of the digestive tract is a harmonious balance of craziness.

    Dr. Jeffrey McCombs: God's Hybrid

  • The Beachwood tract is the busiest along shore just now.

    Building Beachwood, Part Three « Beachwood Historical Alliance

  • Yes | No | Report from matt wasson wrote 4 weeks 2 days ago never seen him at all! this certain tract of land is kinda weird: tons of Agro, a r/r tract and a "rich" subdivison borders around 1000acres that gets hunted serious by everyone around it. yeah could have been real good but you can tell he broke this early on, it has a cool little drop thing ..

    Field & Stream

  • The tract is direct psalmody — the singing of successive verses of a psalm without refrain, and it is sung in alternation by two halves of the choir.

    What We Learn from Music

  • If a tract is deemed suitable for development, it is listed for sale in a competitive bidding system.

    Obama’s drilling bribe is insultingly small. | RedState

  • HPV of the genital tract is transmitted from one person to another during sex.

    HPV Vaccine

  • The tract is now mostly empty, the original developer unable or unwilling to secure financing.

    Stromata Blog:

  • "I don't think altering the human digestive tract is a solution to the problem of excess weight," said Joanne Ikeda, a nutritionist emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

    More U.S. kids having obesity surgery

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  • In addition, tract means to draw, pull along, haul, tow (Oxford English Dictionary).

    August 3, 2011