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Sense: 1-2
Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: tractus 'pulling, extension', from trahere 'to pull'
Sense: 3
Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: tractatus 'tract', from tractare; TRACTABLE

tract

noun
     
tract [countable]
1

the digestive/reproductive/urinary etc tract

HB a system of connected organs that have one main purpose in a part of your body
2SG a large area of land:
vast tracts of woodland
3 formalTCN a short piece of writing, especially about a moral or religious subject:
a tract on the dangers of drink

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