Definitions for: Tract


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Tract, n. [Abbrev.fr. tractate.]
A written discourse or dissertation, generally of short
extent; a short treatise, especially on practical religion.

The church clergy at that time writ the best collection
of tracts against popery that ever appeared. --Swift.

Tracts for the Times. See Tractarian.


Tract, n. [L. tractus a drawing, train, track, course,
tract of land, from trahere tractum, to draw. Senses 4 and 5
are perhaps due to confusion with track. See Trace,v., and
cf. Tratt.]
1. Something drawn out or extended; expanse. ``The deep tract
of hell.'' --Milton.

2. A region or quantity of land or water, of indefinite
extent; an area; as, an unexplored tract of sea.

A very high mountain joined to the mainland by a
narrow tract of earth. --Addison.

3. Traits; features; lineaments. [Obs.]

The discovery of a man's self by the tracts of his
countenance is a great weakness. --Bacon.

4. The footprint of a wild beast. [Obs.] --Dryden.

5. Track; trace. [Obs.]

Efface all tract of its traduction. --Sir T.
Browne.

But flies an eagle flight, bold, and forthon,
Leaving no tract behind. --Shak.

6. Treatment; exposition. [Obs.] --Shak.

7. Continuity or extension of anything; as, the tract of
speech. [Obs.] --Older.

8. Continued or protracted duration; length; extent.
``Improved by tract of time.'' --Milton.

9. (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.

Syn: Region; district; quarter; essay; treatise;
dissertation.


Tract, v. t.
To trace out; to track; also, to draw out; to protact. [Obs.]
--Spenser. --B. Jonson.

Synonyms: nerve pathway, nerve tract, pamphlet, parcel, parcel of land, pathway, piece of ground, piece of land

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