Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


A treatise; an essay.

[Latin tractātus; see tract2.]


1. (Journalism & Publishing) a short tract; treatise
2. (Judaism) Judaism one of the volumes of the Talmud
[C15: from Latin tractātus, from tractāre to handle; see tractable]


(ˈtræk teɪt)

1. a treatise; essay.
2. any of the books of the Talmud.
[1425–75; < Medieval Latin tractātus, derivative of Latintractā(re) to handle, treat (frequentative of trahere to draw)]
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
He spoke very handsomely of my late tractate on the Egyptian Mysteries,--using, in fact, terms which it would not become me to repeat." In uttering the last clause, Mr.
The title of the book and the upcoming show are based on a Talmudic saying: 'If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Berachot, 58A).'
In the Tractate A, ps.-Aristotle specifies the following ten bodily sources (genos) that serve as signs (semeion) of a man's character:
Abstract: This article describes the tripartite structure, a formative style used in the redaction of some sugyot in Tractate Eruvin.
Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss, who directed Ryall in TV movie The Tractate Middoth in 2013, tweeted he was "a twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend.
The Humanics Method: A Tractate on the Way Forward in Academic Arenas Not Amenable to the Scientific Method
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein addresses the problem posed in the Talmud tractate AvodaZara (foreign worship) that states outright that Christians are involved in idolatrous worship.
The Tractate Middoth BBC Two, 9.30pm Sherlock co-creator and star Mark Gatiss makes his debut as a director, and surrounds himself with familiar faces, including Louise Jameson, Una Stubbs and Eleanor Bron.
The Tractate Middoth is set in a quiet, academic library where Eldred is helped in his search for a rare Hebrew text by young Mr Garrett.
Horror fan Gatiss - who first found fame with darK comedy troupe The League Of Gentlemen - is adapting The Tractate Middoth, a short chiller written by MR James, for BBC2 this Christmas.
The elephant is mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud, tractate Brakhot, in connection with dreams.
In Jerusalem, Rabbis for Human Rights issued a statement saying, "Many Israelis will quote from the Talmudic Tractate Sanhedrin, 'When somebody is coming to kill you, get up earlier and kill him first.' However, few are aware of how the Talmud continues, teaching us only to use the minimum necessary force and drawing a sharp contrast between defending ourselves against those attacking us, and harming an innocent third-party.