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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Some laws are of surprisingly recent origin: Vietnam’s ban on women driving tractors of 50 horsepower or more came into force in 2013. The Economist, "Labour laws in 104 countries reserve some jobs for men only," 26 May 2018 My duties were to pick and sort passion fruit, install fence posts and irrigation systems, and drive a large tractor. Mike Miller,, "Han Solo Star Alden Ehrenreich on Why Getting Paid Less for Films Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing," 25 May 2018 Now she and Marchesi help every Tuesday during the growing season, doing everything from working in the greenhouse to planting, harvesting and driving the tractor. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 Olson's neighbor was driving a lawn tractor when Olson walked across the street and hit him three times in the head with a hammer. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man committed for 31 years in brutal hammer attack on teen neighbor mowing lawn," 11 Jan. 2018 Citron cited Tesla’s sales performance against competitors’ potential for the future, including plans for Chinese and European factories, a compact SUV model and tractor-trailer production, as reasons to look long term. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Shares Soar on Anticipation of Third-Quarter Results," 23 Oct. 2018 The fifth came when a tractor-trailer ran into a firetruck providing crash assistance on the highway. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 11, Infrastructure in Crisis Throughout Southeast," 11 Oct. 2018 Officer Anthony Christie Officer Anthony Christie died on May 25 after his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer on a highway, WSAV-TV reported. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018," 19 Sep. 2018 Imagine the chaos that would ensue if a tractor-trailer was driving against traffic on a highway; that’s Valetudo. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Astronomers discovered 10 new moons of Jupiter. Where have they been hiding?," 17 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

: 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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a knickknack or trinket

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