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English Dictionary: tract by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
tract
n
  1. an extended area of land [syn: tract, piece of land, piece of ground, parcel of land, parcel]
  2. a system of body parts that together serve some particular purpose
  3. a brief treatise on a subject of interest; published in the form of a booklet
    Synonym(s): tract, pamphlet
  4. a bundle of myelinated nerve fibers following a path through the brain
    Synonym(s): nerve pathway, tract, nerve tract, pathway
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tract \Tract\, v. t.
      To trace out; to track; also, to draw out; to protact. [Obs.]
      --Spenser. --B. Jonson.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tract \Tract\, n. [L. tractus a drawing, train, track, course,
      tract of land, from trahere tractum, to draw. Senses 4 and 5
      are perhaps due to confusion with track. See {Trace},v., and
      cf. {Tratt}.]
      1. Something drawn out or extended; expanse. [bd]The deep
            tract of hell.[b8] --Milton.
  
      2. A region or quantity of land or water, of indefinite
            extent; an area; as, an unexplored tract of sea.
  
                     A very high mountain joined to the mainland by a
                     narrow tract of earth.                        --Addison.
  
      3. Traits; features; lineaments. [Obs.]
  
                     The discovery of a man's self by the tracts of his
                     countenance is a great weakness.         --Bacon.
  
      4. The footprint of a wild beast. [Obs.] --Dryden.
  
      5. Track; trace. [Obs.]
  
                     Efface all tract of its traduction.   --Sir T.
                                                                              Browne.
  
                     But flies an eagle flight, bold, and forthon,
                     Leaving no tract behind.                     --Shak.
  
      6. Treatment; exposition. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
      7. Continuity or extension of anything; as, the tract of
            speech. [Obs.] --Older.
  
      8. Continued or protracted duration; length; extent.
            [bd]Improved by tract of time.[b8] --Milton.
  
      9. (R. C. Ch.) 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.
  
      Syn: Region; district; quarter; essay; treatise;
               dissertation.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tract \Tract\, n. [Abbrev.fr. tractate.]
      A written discourse or dissertation, generally of short
      extent; a short treatise, especially on practical religion.
  
               The church clergy at that time writ the best collection
               of tracts against popery that ever appeared. --Swift.
  
      {Tracts for the Times}. See {Tractarian}.
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