There are 3 definitions of tract in English:

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  • 1An area of land, 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.
    Synonyms
    area, region, expanse, span, sweep, stretch, extent, belt, swathe, zone, plot, patch, parcel, portion, section, sector, quarter; territory, estate, acreage, allotment
  • 1.1An indefinitely large extent of something: it took courage to privatize vast tracts of nationalized industry
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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 fibres, 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, draught', from trahere 'draw, pull'.

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There are 3 definitions of tract in English:

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  • 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, monograph, disquisition, dissertation, thesis, exposition, study, piece of writing, lecture, homily, sermon, work; pamphlet, booklet, leaflet, brochure

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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  • (In the Roman Catholic Church) an anthem of Scriptural verses formerly replacing the alleluia in certain penitential and requiem Masses.
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    • Uses of this format, known as responsorial psalmody, include the prokeimenon and alleluiarion of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, and the gradual, tract, and alleluia of the Roman Mass.
    • The sheer beauty of the sound of the choir, as they faultlessly sing their Latin tracts.

Origin

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

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