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tract1 / trakt/ • n. 1. an area of indefinite extent, typically a large one: large tracts of natural forest. ∎ poetic/lit. an indefinitely large extent of something: the vast tracts of time required to account for the deposition of the strata. 2. a major passage in the body, large bundle of nerve fibers, or other continuous elongated anatomical structure or region: the digestive tract. tract2 • n. a short treatise in pamphlet form, typically on a religious subject.

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tract3 act of drawing or something drawn in various uses identical with those of TRACE1 and TRACK (rare before XVI), now chiefly ‘stretch or extent of territory’ (so in L.). — L. tractus, f. pp. stem of trahere draw.

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tract1 tractate, (later) short pamphlet. XV. poss. shortening of L. tractātus TRACTATE.
Hence tractarian writer of tracts (spec. of contributors to the ‘Tracts for the Times’ 1833–41 published at Oxford). XIX.

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tract (trakt) n.
1. a group of nerve fibres passing from one part of the brain or spinal cord to another, forming a distinct pathway.

2. an organ or collection of organs providing for the passage of something, e.g. the digestive tract.

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tract2 (liturg.) item replacing the Alleluia in the Mass from Septuagesima to Easter Eve. XIV. — medL. tractus, spec use of L. tractus (see next).

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