There are 3 definitions of tract in English:

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Syllabification: tract
Pronunciation: /trakt
 
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noun

  • 1An area of indefinite extent, typically a large one: large tracts of natural forest
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    • 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.
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  • 1.1 literary An indefinitely large extent of something: the vast tracts of time required to account for the deposition of the strata
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    • 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 tract
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    • 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.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'duration or course (of time)'): from Latin tractus 'drawing, dragging', from trahere 'draw, pull'.

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There are 3 definitions of tract in English:

tract2

Syllabification: tract
Pronunciation: /
 
trakt/

noun

  • A short treatise in pamphlet form, typically on a religious subject.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    treatise, essay, article, paper, work, monograph, disquisition, dissertation, thesis, homily, tractate; pamphlet, booklet, chapbook, leaflet

Origin

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.

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noun

  • (In the Roman Catholic Church) an anthem of Scriptural verses formerly replacing the alleluia in certain penitential and requiem Masses.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin tractus (cantus) 'drawn-out (song)', past participle of Latin trahere 'draw'.

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