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Etymology 1Edit

From tractate, from Latin tractatus, or borrowed from Latin tractus, the perfect passive participle of trahō. Doublet of trait.


tract (plural tracts)

  1. An area or expanse.
    an unexplored tract of sea
  2. A series of connected body organs, as in the digestive tract.
  3. A small booklet such as a pamphlet, often for promotional or informational uses.
  4. A brief treatise or discourse on a subject.
  5. A commentator's view or perspective on a subject.
  6. Continued or protracted duration, length, extent
  7. 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.
  8. (obsolete) Continuity or extension of anything.
    • 1669, William Holder, Elements of Speech
      in tract of speech
  9. (obsolete) Traits; features; lineaments.
  10. (obsolete) The footprint of a wild animal.
  11. (obsolete) Track; trace.
  12. (obsolete) Treatment; exposition.
    • 1613, William Shakespeare, Henry VIII, Act I, Scene I
      The tract of every thing Would, by a good discourser, lose some life Which action's self was tongue to.
  • (series of connected body organs): system
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Etymology 2Edit

From Latin tractus, the participle stem of trahere (to pull, drag).


tract (third-person singular simple present tracts, present participle tracting, simple past and past participle tracted)

  1. (obsolete) To pursue, follow; to track.
  2. (obsolete) To draw out; to protract.
    • 1616, Benjamin Jonson [i.e., Ben Jonson], “Of The Art of Poetry”, in The Workes of Ben Jonson (First Folio), London: [] Will[iam] Stansby, OCLC 960101342:
      Speak to me , muse , the man , who after Troy was sack'd , Saw many towns and men , and could their manners tract.




Borrowed from English tract.



tract m (plural tracts)

  1. flyer, circular, pamphlet

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