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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Examples of tractor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sedan managed to drive about three miles southbound in the wrong direction before crashing head-on with a tractor-trailer just north of the Terwilliger Boulevard freeway entrance. oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 The ammo — obtained from a business in Oregon — and body armor were packaged and loaded into a tractor-trailer, bound for Mexico, investigators said. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2022 The man driving the tractor-trailer had minor injuries and his passenger was not hurt. Kaila White, The Arizona Republic, 13 Jan. 2022 In July 2017, 10 undocumented immigrants died when dozens of them were found packed in an overheated tractor-trailer in San Antonio. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 9 Jan. 2022 Virginia State Police said a tractor-trailer jackknifed on I-95 at 8:20 a.m. Monday, marking the beginning of the backup. Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2022 At least one tractor-trailer slid sideways across the highway. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 The impasse began when a tractor-trailer jackknifed in the ice and snow, causing a chain reaction of other commercial vehicles losing control and becoming disabled in the traffic lanes, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Tuesday. CBS News, 4 Jan. 2022 Also late Thursday, a pedestrian on I-85 was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer, according to Gwinnett County police. Alexis Stevens, ajc, 3 Jan. 2022

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Tractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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