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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Many are brief and refer to events in the news, including SAPD’s release in 2017 of a dozen Guatemalen immigrants, who were smuggled in a tractor-trailer, to the care of private charities. Brian Chasnoff,, "Police investigating local man’s racist threats," 3 Sep. 2019 One person died in an early-morning crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10 Friday morning. Anna Beahm |, al, "1 dead in early-morning I-10 crash involving tractor-trailer," 30 Aug. 2019 The interstate tractor-trailer driver has a .45 caliber Ruger P90 handgun and sometimes uses cocaine and methamphetamine, the affidavit quoted his unidentified Alabama friend as saying. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Feds: Florida man was ‘thinking about’ a church attack," 20 Aug. 2019 August 17, 2019 Officials at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry said the pot was stored in 314 packages aboard a tractor-trailer loaded with jalapeños. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Nearly four tons of pot buried in jalapeños seized in San Diego," 18 Aug. 2019 At the dock, workers unloaded containers stowed with 52,000 chicken breasts, ground beef for 33,000 hamburgers, dough for 123,000 cookies, 18 concrete foundation footers, a tractor-trailer and a construction elevator. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 2019 Before the Mexican enforcement buildup, migrants could pay $1,200 each to cram into the back of a tractor-trailer with up to 300 people, reaching the border in as little as three days — but at far greater risk. Los Angeles Times, "Coyotes earn a living smuggling migrants to the U.S. Not right now, one says," 16 Aug. 2019 During a July 30 inspection of a tractor-trailer that arrived at Windsor's Ambassador Bridge Commercial Operations, the Canada Border Services Agency found and seized 80 bricks of suspected cocaine from the trailer. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "200 pounds of suspected cocaine seized at Ambassador Bridge," 12 Aug. 2019 The Waukegan Thorntons sits on just 1.6 acres, leaving little room for a tractor-trailer to maneuver. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "From Truck Stops to Elections, a River of Gambling Money Is Flooding Waukegan," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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