- 1An area of indefinite extent, typically a large one: large tracts of natural forestMore example sentences
- Deforestation along the East Coast also opened up large tracts of land filled with small prey, making the area even more inviting.
- It was obviously using rolling stock left over from before unification and went through some very depressed areas with large tracts of unused land and derelict buildings.
- The Dawes Act not only severely restricted communal lands and traditional cultural patterns, it opened up huge tracts of native lands to white settlement and exploitation.
- 1.1 • literary An indefinitely large extent of something: the vast tracts of time required to account for the deposition of the strataMore example sentences
- He pointed to the survival of the practical man over vast tracts of British industry.
- Are we to suppose that throughout these vast tracts of cosmic space and time, no quantum process resulted in a determinate consequence?
- That's exactly what is happening in personal computing, where prices are plunging on vast tracts of open-disk storage space.
- 2A major passage in the body, large bundle of nerve fibers, or other continuous elongated anatomical structure or region: the digestive tractMore example sentences
- The degree of elongation in the gastrointestinal tract varies from one region to another.
- The focus was mostly on Crohn's disease, which can affect any region of the gastrointestinal tract, although the ileum and colon are the sites most frequently involved.
- Contrast medium appears opaque on X-ray film, providing a clear outline of structures such as your digestive tract or blood vessels.
late Middle English (in the sense 'duration or course (of time)'): from Latin tractus 'drawing, dragging', from trahere 'draw, pull'.
- A short treatise in pamphlet form, typically on a religious subject.More example sentences
- I think we all have come across religious tracts in our lives - little pamphlets that are often handed out by evangelists on street corners, that we in turn throw away.
- He was a prolific writer of both religious tracts and scientific treatises, and many times he combined the two.
- Many people read nothing but newspapers, others religious tracts and books but in the end, such people cultivate a limited range of vocabulary.
late Middle English (denoting a written work treating a particular topic), apparently an abbreviation of Latin tractatus (see tractate). The current sense dates from the early 19th century.
Entry from British & World English dictionary