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Definition of Tract

Tract

  1. A written discourse or dissertation, generally of short extent; a short treatise, especially on practical religion.
  2. Something drawn out or extended; expanse.
  3. A region or quantity of land or water, of indefinite extent; an area; as, an unexplored tract of sea.
  4. Traits; features; lineaments.
  5. The footprint of a wild beast.
  6. Track; trace.
  7. Treatment; exposition.
  8. Continuity or extension of anything; as, the tract of speech.
  9. Continued or protracted duration; length; extent.
  10. 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.
  11. To trace out; to track; also, to draw out; to protact.

Tract Quotations

If a theme or idea is too near the surface, the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.
Elizabeth Bowen

War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.
Thomas Hobbes

There are a lot of questions about whether architecture is art. The people who ask that think pretty tract houses are architecture. But that doesn't hold up.
Frank Gehry

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

About 40 years ago I had an experience where I wrote a tract.
Tim LaHaye
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Tract Translations

tract in German is Teil, Gebiet
tract in Italian is territorio
tract in Latin is tractus

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