- 1An area of land, 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.
- 1.1An indefinitely large extent of something: it took courage to privatize vast tracts of nationalized industryMore 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 fibres, 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, draught', 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.
- (In the Roman Catholic Church) an anthem of Scriptural verses formerly replacing the alleluia in certain penitential and requiem Masses.More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin tractus (cantus) 'drawn-out (song)', past participle of Latin trahere 'draw'.