American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw; draw out; protract; waste.
- To trace; track; follow.
- 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.
- To handle; treat.
- Hence To discourse or treat of; describe; delineate.
- 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.
- 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. obsolete To pursue, follow; to track.
- v. obsolete To draw out; to protract.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. obsolete Traits; features; lineaments.
- n. obsolete The footprint of a wild beast.
- n. obsolete Track; trace.
- n. obsolete Treatment; exposition.
- n. obsolete Continuity or extension of anything.
- n. Continued or protracted duration; length; extent.
- n. (R. C. Ch.) 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.
- v. obsolete To trace out; to track; also, to draw out; to protact.
- From tractus, the participle stem of Latin trahere. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“This tract is a portion of Tract No. 1 described in Executive Order No. 6408 of November 7, 1933.”
“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.”
“The Ecosystem of the digestive tract is a harmonious balance of craziness.”
“The Beachwood tract is the busiest along shore just now.”
“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 ..”
“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.”
“If a tract is deemed suitable for development, it is listed for sale in a competitive bidding system.”
“HPV of the genital tract is transmitted from one person to another during sex.”
“The tract is now mostly empty, the original developer unable or unwilling to secure financing.”
“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.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘tract’.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
tract on tract
Names of printed materials meant to be read - for worship, pleasure, information, recitation; out of curiosity, or, in the case of adverts, to get our attention and sway our spending choices.
Nouns meaning a stretch or a length
The Last Good Words Left
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If you read this in order from top to bottom, the word progression suggests the "lifespan" of a 300-year-old house in Pennsylvania.
Abiguous words, equivocation, poetically delightful, simple yet multi-meaninged polysemy; emblems and gremlins. I've put the paradoxical ones on the Contranympho list.
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