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

c : truck entry 1 sense 1b

2 : an airplane having the propeller forward of the main supporting surfaces

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One of McCloskey's tractors has to be steered with one's feet. Mitchell Kirk, Post-Tribune, "Cass County man collects tractors from around the world," 6 July 2018 Maybe she also got caught in a pop star’s tractor beam. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Review: ‘Whitney,’ a Pop Music Tragedy, Is Sad, Strange and Dismaying," 5 July 2018 The yard is dotted with a variety of tractors equipped with computers, five large fertilizer tanks and a building housing McGregor, a local firm that works with farmers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Rural telecom companies go beyond offering telephone and broadband," 24 June 2018 Corn producers — some arriving in a line of tractors — timed a rally in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Wednesday to coincide with Pruitt's visit to a farm in central South Dakota for a private meeting with farmers. CBS News, "In Trump country, farmers protest Pruitt's ethanol policies," 15 June 2018 The former tractor driver met with staffers of nearly 30 U.S. lawmakers of both parties during his visit to Washington. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "As Israeli bulldozers circle, a tiny village takes center stage in Palestinian struggle," 11 July 2018 Some trucking companies use new tractors as an incentive to lure new drivers. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Truck-Factory Backlogs Soar on Heavy Demand for Big Rigs," 5 July 2018 People gathered in minivans and tractors in the morning, loading them with mattresses, water tanks, and furniture. Tom Perry, The Christian Science Monitor, "Small group of Syrian refugees in Lebanon head home," 28 June 2018 The woods are dense and often drought-stricken, which means to keep prescribe fires from becoming wild, burn plots first have to be thinned with chainsaws or tractors. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What the West Can Learn from Florida About Forest Fires," 27 June 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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The first known use of tractor was in 1900

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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

: 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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