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Definition of TRACT

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Tract \Tract\, n. [Abbrev.fr. tractate.] A written discourse or dissertation, generally of short extent; a short treatise, especially on practical religion. [1913 Webster]

           The church clergy at that time writ the best collection of tracts against popery that ever appeared. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     {Tracts for the Times}. See {Tractarian}.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tract \Tract\, n. [L. tractus a drawing, train, track, course, tract of land, from trahere tractum, to draw. Senses 4 and 5 are perhaps due to confusion with track. See {Trace},v., and cf. {Tratt}.]
     1. Something drawn out or extended; expanse. "The deep tract of hell." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. A region or quantity of land or water, of indefinite extent; an area; as, an unexplored tract of sea. [1913 Webster]

              A very high mountain joined to the mainland by a narrow tract of earth.                --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     3. Traits; features; lineaments. [Obs.]
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              The discovery of a man's self by the tracts of his countenance is a great weakness.      --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     4. The footprint of a wild beast. [Obs.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     5. Track; trace. [Obs.]
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              Efface all tract of its traduction.   --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

              But flies an eagle flight, bold, and forthon, Leaving no tract behind.              --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     6. Treatment; exposition. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     7. Continuity or extension of anything; as, the tract of speech. [Obs.] --Older. [1913 Webster]

     8. Continued or protracted duration; length; extent.
        "Improved by tract of time." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     9. (R. C. Ch.) 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. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Region; district; quarter; essay; treatise; dissertation. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tract \Tract\, v. t.
     To trace out; to track; also, to draw out; to protact. [Obs.]
     --Spenser. --B. Jonson.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

139 Moby Thesaurus words for "tract":
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