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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English tract, tracte, traht (a treatise, exposition, commentary), from Old English traht, tract (a treatise, exposition, commentary, text, passage); and also from Middle English tract, tracte (an expanse of space or time); both from Latin tractus (a haul, drawing, a drawing out), the perfect passive participle of trahō. Doublet of trait.


tract (plural tracts)

  1. An area or expanse.
    an unexplored tract of sea
  2. (anatomy) A series of connected body organs, such as the digestive tract.
  3. A small booklet such as a pamphlet, often for promotional or informational uses.
  4. A brief treatise or discourse on a subject.
  5. A commentator's view or perspective on a subject.
  6. Continued or protracted duration, length, extent
  7. Part of the proper of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist for many Christian denominations, used instead of the alleluia during Lenten or pre-Lenten seasons, in a Requiem Mass, and on a few other penitential occasions.
  8. (obsolete) Continuity or extension of anything.
    • 1669, William Holder, Elements of Speech
      in tract of speech
  9. (obsolete) Traits; features; lineaments.
    • 1625, Francis [Bacon], “Of Simulation and Dissimulation”, in The Essayes [], 3rd edition, London: [] Iohn Haviland for Hanna Barret, OCLC 863521290:
      The discovery of a man's self by the tracts of his countenance is a great weakness.
  10. (obsolete) The footprint of a wild animal.
  11. (obsolete) Track; trace.
  12. (obsolete) Treatment; exposition.
  • (series of connected body organs): system
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin tractus, the participle stem of trahere (to pull, drag).


tract (third-person singular simple present tracts, present participle tracting, simple past and past participle tracted)

  1. (obsolete) To pursue, follow; to track.
  2. (obsolete) To draw out; to protract.
    • 1616, Benjamin Jonson [i.e., Ben Jonson], “Of The Art of Poetry”, in The Workes of Ben Jonson (First Folio), London: [] Will[iam] Stansby, OCLC 960101342:
      Speak to me , muse , the man , who after Troy was sack'd , Saw many towns and men , and could their manners tract.




Borrowed from English tract.



tract m (plural tracts)

  1. flyer, circular, pamphlet

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