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tract 1

 (trăkt)
n.
1.
a. An expanse of land or water.
b. A specified or limited area of land: developing a 30-acre tract.
2. Anatomy
a. A system of organs and tissues that together perform a specialized function: the alimentary tract.
b. A bundle of nerve fibers having a common origin, termination, and function.
3. Archaic A stretch or lapse of time.

[Middle English, period of time, from Latin tractus, course, space, period of time, from past participle of trahere, to draw.]

tract 2

 (trăkt)
n.
A leaflet or pamphlet containing a declaration or appeal, especially one put out by a religious or political group.

[Middle English tracte, treatise, probably short for Latin tractātus, from past participle of tractāre, to discuss, frequentative of trahere, to draw.]

tract 3

 (trăkt)
n.
The verses from Scripture sung after the gradual in the Roman Catholic Mass during penitential seasons such as Lent or as part of a Requiem.

[Middle English tracte, from Medieval Latin tractus, from Latin, a drawing out (from its being an uninterrupted solo); see tract1.]

tract

(trækt)
n
1. an extended area, as of land
2. (Anatomy) anatomy a system of organs, glands, or other tissues that has a particular function: the digestive tract.
3. (Anatomy) a bundle of nerve fibres having the same function, origin, and termination: the optic tract.
4. archaic an extended period of time
[C15: from Latin tractus a stretching out, from trahere to drag]

tract

(trækt)
n
(Journalism & Publishing) a treatise or pamphlet, esp a religious or moralistic one
[C15: from Latin tractātus tractate]

tract

(trækt)
n
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church an anthem in some Masses
[C14: from Medieval Latin tractus cantus extended song; see tract1]

tract1

(trækt)

n.
1. an expanse or area of land, water, etc.; region; stretch.
2.
a. a definite region or area of the body, esp. a system of elongated parts or organs: the digestive tract.
b. a bundle of nerve fibers having a common origin and destination.
3. a stretch or period of time; interval; lapse.
4. a Roman Catholic penitential anthem consisting of scriptural verses, sung after the gradual, esp. before Easter.
[1350–1400; < Latin tractus stretch (of space or time), a drawing out, derivative of trahere to draw]

tract2

(trækt)

n.
a brief treatise or pamphlet for general distribution, usu. on a religious or political topic.
[1400–50; late Middle English tracte, appar. shortening of Medieval Latin tractātus tractate]

tract

(trăkt)
A system of body organs and connected parts that work together to perform a specialized function, such as digestion.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tract - an extended area of landtract - an extended area of land    
baseball diamond, infield, diamond - the area of a baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and home plate
center field, centerfield, center - the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"
left field, leftfield, left - the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left; "the batter flied out to left"
outfield - the area of a baseball playing field beyond the lines connecting the bases
right field, rightfield, right - the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
short - the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
railway yard, railyard, yard - an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines
desert - arid land with little or no vegetation
oasis - a fertile tract in a desert (where the water table approaches the surface)
battlefield, battleground, field of battle, field of honor, field - a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought; "they made a tour of Civil War battlefields"
minefield - a region in which explosives mines have been placed
breeding ground - a place where animals breed
clearing, glade - a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area
field - a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed; "he planted a field of wheat"
field of fire - the area that a weapon or group of weapons can cover effectively with gun fire from a given position
grounds - a tract of land cleared for some special purposes (recreation or burial etc.)
athletic field, playing area, playing field, field - a piece of land prepared for playing a game; "the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field"
industrial park - a tract of land at a distance from city center that is designed for a cluster of businesses and factories
grassland - land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
mud flat - a tract of low muddy land near an estuary; covered at high tide and exposed at low tide
parade ground - an area for holding parades
fairground - an open area for holding fairs or exhibitions or circuses
midway - the place at a fair or carnival where sideshows and similar amusements are located
fairway - a tract of ground free of obstacles to movement
park, parkland - a large area of land preserved in its natural state as public property; "there are laws that protect the wildlife in this park"
common, commons, green, park - a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area; "they went for a walk in the park"
picnic area, picnic ground - a tract of land set aside for picnicking
public square, square - an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
toll plaza - an area where tollbooths are located
range - a large tract of grassy open land on which livestock can graze; "they used to drive the cattle across the open range every spring"; "he dreamed of a home on the range"
sector - a portion of a military position
land site, site - the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located); "a good site for the school"
subdivision - an area composed of subdivided lots
mine field - a tract of land containing explosive mines
terrain - a piece of ground having specific characteristics or military potential; "they decided to attack across the rocky terrain"
plot of ground, plot of land, patch, plot - a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation; "a bean plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch"
lot - a parcel of land having fixed boundaries; "he bought a lot on the lake"
yard - a tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings); "they opened a repair yard on the edge of town"
yard - a tract of land where logs are accumulated
2.tract - a system of body parts that together serve some particular purposetract - a system of body parts that together serve some particular purpose
system - a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts; "the body has a system of organs for digestion"
respiratory tract, airway - the passages through which air enters and leaves the body
urinary tract - the organs and tubes involved in the production and excretion of urine
3.tract - a brief treatise on a subject of interesttract - a brief treatise on a subject of interest; published in the form of a booklet
treatise - a formal exposition
4.tract - a bundle of myelinated nerve fibers following a path through the braintract - a bundle of myelinated nerve fibers following a path through the brain
optic radiation, radiatio optica - a nerve pathway from the lateral geniculate body to the visual cortex
commissure - a bundle of nerve fibers passing from one side to the other of the brain or spinal cord
cerebral peduncle, peduncle - a bundle of myelinated neurons joining different parts of the brain
substantia alba, white matter - whitish nervous tissue of the CNS consisting of neurons and their myelin sheaths

tract

1
noun area, lot, region, estate, district, stretch, quarter, territory, extent, zone, plot, expanse A vast tract of land is ready for development.

tract

2
noun treatise, essay, leaflet, brochure, booklet, pamphlet, dissertation, monograph, homily, disquisition, tractate She produced a feminist tract, 'Comments on Birth Control'.

tract

noun
1. A part of the earth's surface:
2. A piece of land:
Translations
جِهاز، نِظاممَقالَه، كُرّاسَه، كُتَيِّبمِنْطَقَه واسِعَه
ústrojíkrajtraktát
områdeskriftsystem
alueelimetjuostekanavaseutu
traktátus
bæklingurmeltingarvegursvæîi, spilda
žemės plotas
traktātstraktszemesgabals
traktátústrojenstvo
arazi parçasıdinsel dergirisalesistem

tract

1 [trækt] N
1. (= area of land, sea) → extensión f
2. (Anat) → tracto m
respiratory tractvías fpl respiratorias, aparato m respiratorio

tract

2 [trækt] N (= pamphlet) → folleto m, panfleto m; (= treatise) → tratado m

tract

[ˈtrækt] n
[land] → étendue f
(= pamphlet) → tract m
(= part of body) respiratory tract → appareil m respiratoire, voies fpl respiratoires
the upper respiratory tract → l'appareil m respiratoire supérieur, les voies fpl respiratoires supérieures
digestive tract → appareil m digestif

tract

1
n
(of land)Gebiet nt; narrow tractStreifen m
(respiratory) → Wege pl; (digestive) → Trakt m

tract

2
nTraktat nt, → Schrift f

tract

1 [trækt] n
a. (area) → distesa
b. (Anat) respiratory tractapparato respiratorio

tract

2 [trækt] n (pamphlet) → trattatello, libretto, opuscolo

tract

(trӕkt) noun
1. a piece of land.
2. a system formed by connected parts of the body. the digestive tract.
3. a short essay or booklet.

tract

n. tracto, tubo, vía, vías, sistema alargado compuesto de tejidos y órganos que actúan coordinadamente para desempeñar una función;
alimentary ______ alimenticio;
ascending ______ ascendiente;
biliary ______ biliar;
digestive ______ digestivo;
genitourinary ______ genitourinario;
olfactory ___vía olfatoria;
pyramidal ______ piramidal;
respiratory ______ o vía respiratoria.

tract

n tracto, vía, aparato; biliary — vías biliares; digestive o gastrointestinal — vía digestiva, tracto digestivo or gastrointestinal, aparato digestivo; genital — aparato or tracto genital; genitourinary — aparato or tracto genitourinario; (upper, lower) respiratory — vías respiratorias (superiores or altas, inferiores or bajas); urinary — aparato or tracto urinario
References in classic literature ?
In this manner, pools and ponds, and even the great fresh-water lakes, may be stagnant, as you and I both know they are, having seen them; but when you come to spread water over a great tract, like the sea, where the earth is round, how in reason can the water be quiet?
In the growth of the town, however, after some thirty or forty years, the site covered by this rude hovel had become exceedingly desirable in the eyes of a prominent and powerful personage, who asserted plausible claims to the proprietorship of this and a large adjacent tract of land, on the strength of a grant from the legislature.
There he was, with the pen still between his fingers, and a vast, immeasurable tract of written space behind him!
Had it not been for us whalemen, that tract of land would this day perhaps have been in as howling condition as the coast of Labrador.
This is a great tract of a hundred thousand acres, which from time immemorial has been a hunting preserve of the nobility.
My expedition was all the talk that day and that night, and the boys were very good to me, and made much of me, and seemed to have forgotten their vexa- tion and disappointment, and come to be as anxious for me to hive those ogres and set those ripe old vir- gins loose as if it were themselves that had the con- tract.
Scientific men perceived in it a confirmation of their theories concerning the glacial period; so through their persuasions the little tract of ground was bought and permanently protected against being built upon.
Perhaps the reader can endure an ex- tract from it:
Marianne entered the house with a heart swelling with emotion from the consciousness of being only eighty miles from Barton, and not thirty from Combe Magna; and before she had been five minutes within its walls, while the others were busily helping Charlotte to show her child to the housekeeper, she quitted it again, stealing away through the winding shrubberies, now just beginning to be in beauty, to gain a distant eminence; where, from its Grecian temple, her eye, wandering over a wide tract of country to the south-east, could fondly rest on the farthest ridge of hills in the horizon, and fancy that from their summits Combe Magna might be seen.
In my hand I held the tract containing the sudden death of the Liar, to which narrative my attention had been pointed as to an appropriate warning.
One person of mild and benevolent aspect even gave me a tract ornamented with a woodcut of a malevolent young man fitted up with a perfect sausage-shop of fetters, and entitled, TO BE READ IN MY CELL.
Say first, for Heav'n hides nothing from thy view Nor the deep Tract of Hell, say first what cause Mov'd our Grand Parents in that happy State, Favour'd of Heav'n so highly, to fall off From their Creator, and transgress his Will For one restraint, Lords of the World besides?