A written discourse or dissertation, generally of short extent; a short treatise, especially on practical religion.
Something drawn out or extended; expanse.
A region or quantity of land or water, of indefinite extent; an area; as, an unexplored tract of sea.
Traits; features; lineaments.
The footprint of a wild beast.
Continuity or extension of anything; as, the tract of speech.
Continued or protracted duration; length; extent.
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.
To trace out; to track; also, to draw out; to protact.
I am careful about fiction. A novel is not a tract or an essay. If I want to write about land reforms, or Hindu-Muslim relations, or position of women, I can do it as it affects my characters as in 'A Suitable Boy.' I could only write about issues specifically through essays. But I'll do that only if I have something worthwhile to say. Vikram Seth