trac·​tor | \ ˈtrak-tər How to pronounce tractor (audio) \

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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Even better: Kate and Mary reportedly arrived to the festival, in Surrey, England, in the trailer of a tractor. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Mary Berry Just Hung Out at the Garden Kate Designed," 10 Sep. 2019 Watch a mini-parade of antique tractors at 2 p.m. and visit with artists at a plein air art show. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Artrageous Weekend, BeatleFest, Streetcar Day and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 1 Sep. 2019 Graham even had a collection of tractors, but the focus was on cars. Kevin Wallevand, Twin Cities, "A Minnesota bachelor farmer dies, and now his 250 cars are for sale," 8 Aug. 2019 Consumer goods, from phones to tractors, increasingly require direct manufacturer intervention to fix. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Apple locks new iPhone batteries to prevent third-party repair, report says," 8 Aug. 2019 The 131st event, complete with everything from demolition derbies and two kinds of tractor pull to displays of farm animals and giant pumpkins, also features abundant live music, including a Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band (Monday)., "Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 26-Sept. 8," 2 Sep. 2018 The pickup truck was towing a trailer loaded with a tractor, according to a statement from the Orange Police Department. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Young couple dies in collision leaving their wedding ceremony," 24 Aug. 2019 Less than a year ago in another tiger reserve not far from Pilibhit, villagers intentionally ran over a tiger with a tractor, killing it. New York Times, "Tiger Is Beaten to Death on Video, Outraging India," 26 July 2019 When a group of Gond tribal members, who are often at the bottom of India’s complex social hierarchy, protested, the Gujjar men showed up with tractors and guns. Hari Kumar,, "10 are killed in caste-driven land dispute in India," 18 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce tractor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tractor (audio) \

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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