tractor

noun trac·tor \ ˈtrak-tər \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of tractor

1 a : 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 : 1truck 1b
2 : an airplane having the propeller forward of the main supporting surfaces

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Origin and Etymology of tractor

New Latin, from Latin trahere


TRACTOR Defined for English Language Learners

tractor

noun

Definition of tractor for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TRACTOR Defined for Kids

tractor

noun trac·tor \ ˈtrak-tər \

Definition of tractor for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

tractor

noun 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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