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Definition of 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

The tract through which we passed is generally very good land, with plenty of water; and there, as well as here, the country is neither rocky nor overrun with brush-wood.
Junipero Serra

I believe that a work of art, like metaphors in language, can ask the most serious, difficult questions in a way which really makes the readers answer for themselves; that the work of art far more than an essay or a tract involves the reader, challenges him directly and brings him into the argument.
George Steiner

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

The most persuasive gospel tract is the exemplary life of a faithful Latter-day Saint.
Gordon B. Hinckley

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