trac·​tor | \ ˈtrak-tər \

Definition of tractor

1a : a 4-wheeled or tracklaying automotive vehicle used especially for drawing farm equipment
b : a smaller 2-wheeled apparatus controlled through handlebars by a walking operator
2 : an airplane having the propeller forward of the main supporting surfaces

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The most physical work, such as loading hay bales onto a tractor, is left to her son, who is 63. ... Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "Very Old MacDonald Won’t Quit the Farm," 30 Jan. 2019 In 2017, Zuckerberg spent a good portion of the year traveling around the country on a listening tour, posing for photos on tractors and in ice cream shops. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Who does Facebook fire after a bombshell New York Times investigation?," 15 Nov. 2018 Among the activities blessed by the Librarian: unlocking cell phones to move from one network to another, repairing cars and tractors, performing security research, and pulling data from medical devices. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why a random federal agency gets to decide which devices we tinker with," 26 Oct. 2018 Preliminary crash information indicates a semi-tractor-trailer traveling on I-40 EB had a tire blowout and crossed into oncoming WB traffic, colliding with a Greyhound bus. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Death toll climbs in New Mexico passenger bus crash; serious injuries also reported," 31 Aug. 2018 The photos feature Zach and her 14-month-old son posing together on a tractor. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tori Roloff Shuts Down Shamers After Posting a Photo of Zach and Jackson Riding a Tractor," 12 July 2018 The program’s budget proposes $643,500 to replace and purchase new vehicles including a mowing tractor. Jess Nocera, Laurel Leader, "Laurel Council approved a $34.2 million budget in May," 14 June 2018 Kumsong Tractor Factory Kim had some fun at a tractor factory in November while, once again, giving field guidance, KCNA said. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Kim Jong Un's bizarre North Korea propaganda photos," 13 Aug. 2018 Since 2005 agriculture has shed 35m of its 250m workers, as tractors and other types of mechanisation reduced the workforce required. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of tractor

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tractor

New Latin, from Latin trahere

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English Language Learners Definition of tractor

: a large vehicle that has two large back wheels and two smaller front wheels and that is used to pull farm equipment
US : a short, heavy truck that is designed to pull a large trailer


trac·​tor | \ ˈtrak-tər \

Kids Definition of tractor

1 : a vehicle that has large rear wheels or moves on endless belts and is used especially for pulling farm implements
2 : a short truck for hauling a trailer


trac·​tor | \ ˈtrak-tər \

Medical Definition of tractor

: an instrument used to exert traction on a body part or tissue (as in surgical procedures) a urethral tractor

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