What does tract mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tract, piece of land, piece of ground, parcel of land, parcelnoun

    an extended area of land

  2. tractnoun

    a system of body parts that together serve some particular purpose

  3. tract, pamphletnoun

    a brief treatise on a subject of interest; published in the form of a booklet

  4. nerve pathway, tract, nerve tract, pathwaynoun

    a bundle of myelinated nerve fibers following a path through the brain

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TRACTnoun

    Etymology: tractus, Lat.

    Only there are some tracts which, by high mountains, are barred from air and fresh wind. Walter Raleigh.

    Heav’n hides nothing from thy view,
    Nor the deep tract of hell. John Milton.

    Monte Circeio, by called insula Æea, is a very high mountain joined to the main land by a narrow tract of earth. Addison.

    The myrtle flourisheth still; and wonderful it is that for so long a tract of time she should still continue fresh. James Howell.

    Your bodies may at last turn all to spirit,
    Improv’d by tract of time, and wing’d ascend
    Ethereal as we. John Milton.

    As in tract of speech a dubious word is easily known by the coherence with the rest, and a dubious letter by the whole word; so may a deaf person, having competent knowledge of language, by an acute sagacity by some more evident word discerned by his eye, know the sense. William Holder.

    The tract of every thing
    Would, by a good discourser, lose some life
    Which action’s self was tongue to. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The weary sun hath made a golden set,
    And, by the bright tract of his fiery car,
    Gives signal of a goodly day to-morrow. William Shakespeare.

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


  1. tract

    A tract refers to a large area of land or a defined region, usually uninhabited or designated for a specific purpose. It could also refer to a major passage or pathway in the body, such as in the digestive or nervous system. In literature, it's a short written work on a religious or political topic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tractnoun

    a written discourse or dissertation, generally of short extent; a short treatise, especially on practical religion

  2. Tract

    something drawn out or extended; expanse

  3. Tract

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

  4. Tract

    traits; features; lineaments

  5. Tract

    the footprint of a wild beast

  6. Tract

    track; trace

  7. Tract

    treatment; exposition

  8. Tract

    continuity or extension of anything; as, the tract of speech

  9. Tract

    continued or protracted duration; length; extent

  10. Tract

    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

  11. Tractverb

    to trace out; to track; also, to draw out; to protact


  1. Tract

    The tract is part of the proper of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist for many Christian denominations, which is used instead of the Alleluia during Lenten or pre-Lenten seasons, in a Requiem Mass, and on a few other penitential occasions, when the joyousness of an Alleluia is deemed inappropriate. Tracts are not, however, necessarily sorrowful. The name apparently derives from either the drawn-out style of singing or the continuous structure without a refrain. There is evidence, however, that the earliest performances were sung responsorially, and it is probable that these were dropped at an early age. In their final form, tracts are a series of psalm verses; rarely a complete psalm, but all of the verses from the same psalm. They are restricted to only two modes, the second and the eighth. The melodies follow centonization patterns more strongly than anywhere else in the repertoire; a typical tract is almost exclusively a succession of such formulas. The cadences are nearly always elaborate melismas. Tracts with multiple verses are some of the longest chants in the Liber Usualis.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tract

    trakt, n. something drawn out or extended: continued duration: a region, area: a short treatise: an anthem sung instead of the Alleluia after the gradual, or instead of it, from Septuagesima till Easter-eve.—n. Tractabil′ity, quality or state of being tractable: docility.—adj. Trac′table, easily drawn, managed, or taught: docile.—n. Trac′tableness.—adv. Trac′tably.—n. Trac′tate, a treatise, tract.—adj. Trac′tile, that may be drawn out.—ns. Tractil′ity, the quality of being tractile: ductility; Trac′tion, act of drawing or state of being drawn; Trac′tion-en′gine, a steam vehicle for hauling heavy weights along a road, &c.—adj. Trac′tive, that draws or pulls.—ns. Trac′tor, that which draws, esp. in pl. metallic tractors, two bars of iron and of steel, drawn over diseased parts of the body to give supposed relief; Tractorā′tion, the use of metallic tractors in medicine. [L. tractus, pa.p. of trahĕre, to draw.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tract in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tract in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tract in a Sentence

  1. William Schaffner:

    We do not test people with no symptoms because it's a resource issue, however, we are emphasizing that people who have this small cluster of important symptoms -- fever and anything related to the lower respiratory tract such as cough and difficulty breathing -- reach out to be evaluated.

  2. Sema Nickbakhsh:

    We believe respiratory viruses may be competing for resources in the respiratory tract.

  3. Cynthia Sass:

    The soluble fiber in beans binds to cholesterol in the GI tract, which prevents it from being absorbed in the blood.

  4. Rubin Donis:

    You will not have a pandemic without a virus that replicates well in the upper respiratory tract and is easily transmitted by droplets.

  5. Ryan Steele:

    Mucus is naturally occurring in our bodies, and it provides a very important function to maintain good health in our respiratory tract, it helps to capture [ allergens, bacteria and viruses ].

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    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
    A trigger
    B transition
    C deterioration
    D equity

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