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tract (n.1)

"area," mid-15c., "period or lapse of time," from Latin 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" (source also of Slovenian trag "trace, track," Middle Irish tragud "ebb;" perhaps with a variant form *dhragh-; see drag (v.)). 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 housing attested from 1953.

tract (n.2)

"little book, treatise" mid-12c., probably a shortened form of Latin tractatus "a handling, treatise, treatment," from tractare "to handle" (see treat (v.)). Related: Tractarian.

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Definitions of tract from WordNet

tract (n.)
an extended area of land;
Synonyms: piece of land / piece of ground / parcel of land / parcel
tract (n.)
a system of body parts that together serve some particular purpose;
tract (n.)
a brief treatise on a subject of interest; published in the form of a booklet;
Synonyms: pamphlet
tract (n.)
a bundle of myelinated nerve fibers following a path through the brain;
Synonyms: nerve pathway / nerve tract / pathway
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