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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Homeowners who find that their standard 22-inch mower is a bit too small for their cutting surface, but don’t want a riding mower or tractor, may find the CC 600 a perfect fit. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Cub Cadet CC 600 Is a Walk-Behind Lawn Mower That Means Business," 5 Mar. 2019 Fun run, parade, car show, antique tractor pull, arts and crafts, games, food, fireworks. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 The other vehicle crash involved a tractor-trailer and a school bus in New Jersey in which 15 people were hurt, the NTSB said. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Shutdown halted crash probes, could cost critical evidence," 28 Jan. 2019 The most physical work, such as loading hay bales onto a tractor, is left to her son, who is 63. ... Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "Very Old MacDonald Won’t Quit the Farm," 30 Jan. 2019 In 2017, Zuckerberg spent a good portion of the year traveling around the country on a listening tour, posing for photos on tractors and in ice cream shops. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Who does Facebook fire after a bombshell New York Times investigation?," 15 Nov. 2018 Among the activities blessed by the Librarian: unlocking cell phones to move from one network to another, repairing cars and tractors, performing security research, and pulling data from medical devices. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why a random federal agency gets to decide which devices we tinker with," 26 Oct. 2018 Preliminary crash information indicates a semi-tractor-trailer traveling on I-40 EB had a tire blowout and crossed into oncoming WB traffic, colliding with a Greyhound bus. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Death toll climbs in New Mexico passenger bus crash; serious injuries also reported," 31 Aug. 2018 The photos feature Zach and her 14-month-old son posing together on a tractor. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tori Roloff Shuts Down Shamers After Posting a Photo of Zach and Jackson Riding a Tractor," 12 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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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
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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