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tract

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noun, often capitalized \ˈtrakt\

Definition of tract

  1. :  verses of Scripture (as from the Psalms) used between the gradual and the Gospel at some masses (as during penitential seasons)



Origin and Etymology of tract

Middle English tracte, from Medieval Latin tractus, from Latin, action of drawing, extension; perhaps from its being sung without a break by one voice


First Known Use: 14th century


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tract

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Definition of tract

  1. 1 :  extent or lapse of time

  2. 2 :  an area either large or small: asa :  an indefinite stretch of landb :  a defined area of land

  3. 3a :  a system of body parts or organs that act together to perform some function <the digestive tract>b :  a bundle of nerve fibers having a common origin, termination, and function



Origin and Etymology of tract

Middle English tracte, from Latin tractus action of drawing, extension, from trahere to pull, draw


First Known Use: 15th century


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tract

noun

Definition of tract

  1. :  a pamphlet or leaflet of political or religious propaganda; also :  a piece of writing that is suggestive of such a tract



Origin and Etymology of tract

Middle English, treatise, from Medieval Latin tractus, perhaps alteration of Latin tractatus tractate


First Known Use: 1760



TRACT Defined for Kids

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tract

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noun \ˈtrakt\

Definition of tract for Students

  1. 1 :  an indefinite stretch of land <a large tract of forest>

  2. 2 :  a defined area of land <40 acre tracts>

  3. 3 :  a system of body parts or organs that serve some special purpose <The kidneys and bladder are part of the urinary tract.>




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tract

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noun

Definition of tract for Students

  1. :  a pamphlet of political or religious ideas and beliefs




Medical Dictionary

tract

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noun \ˈtrakt\

Medical Definition of tract

  1. 1:  a system of body parts or organs that act together to perform some function <the digestive tract>—see gastrointestinal tract, lower respiratory tract, upper respiratory tract

  2. 2:  a bundle of nerve fibers having a common origin, termination, and function and especially one within the spinal cord or brain—called also fiber tract; see corticospinal tract, olfactory tract, optic tract, spinothalamic tract; compare fasciculus b





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