tract

{{11}}tract (n.1) "area," late 15c., "period or lapse of time," from L. tractus "track, course, space, duration," lit, "a drawing out or pulling," from stem of trahere "to pull, draw," from PIE root *tragh- "to draw, drag, move" (Cf. Slovenian trag "trace, track," M.Ir. tragud "ebb," perhaps with a variant form *dhragh-; see DRAG (Cf. drag)). The meaning "stretch of land or water" is first recorded 1550s. Specific U.S. sense of "plot of land for development" is recorded from 1912; tract houses attested from 1963.
{{12}}tract (n.2) "little book, treatise" mid-12c., probably a shortened form of L. tractatus "a handling, treatise, treatment," from tractare "to handle" (see TREAT (Cf. treat)). Not in any other language, according to OED.

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  • tract — [ trakt ] n. m. • 1832; mot angl., abrév. de tractate « traité » ♦ Petite feuille ou brochure gratuite de propagande religieuse, politique, etc. Distribuer, afficher des tracts. Tracts lâchés d un avion. ● tract nom masculin (anglais tract,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tract — may refer to:* tract, a section of land * Tract (literature), a short written work, usually of a political or religious nature * Tract (liturgy), a component of Roman Catholic liturgy * A collection of related anatomic structures, such as the… …   Wikipedia

  • tract — s. v. circulaţie, trafic. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  tract s. n., pl. trácturi Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  TRACT s.n. 1. Foaie sau broşură de propagandă. 2. v. tractus. [< …   Dicționar Român

  • tract — [trækt] n [Sense: 1 2; Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: tractus pulling, extension , from trahere to pull ] [Sense: 3; Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: tractatus tract , from tractare; TRACTABLE] 1.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tract — Tract, v. t. To trace out; to track; also, to draw out; to protact. [Obs.] Spenser. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tract — index district, land, lot, pandect (treatise), parcel, plot (land), property (l …   Law dictionary

  • tract — [ trækt ] noun count * 1. ) a large area of land: Vast tracts of land were being planted with these trees. 2. ) MEDICAL a group of organs and tubes that work together in your body: the digestive/respiratory tract 3. ) a piece of writing… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tract — Ⅰ. tract [1] ► NOUN 1) a large area of land. 2) a major passage in the body or other continuous elongated anatomical structure. ORIGIN Latin tractus drawing, draught , from trahere draw, pull . Ⅱ. tract [2] …   English terms dictionary

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