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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 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

Life is better when your sinuses are clean, when your arteries are clean, and when your digestive tract is clean.
James Altucher

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

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
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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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