- a powerful motor-driven vehicle with large, heavy treads, used for pulling farm machinery, other vehicles, etc.
- Also called truck tractor. a short truck with a driver's cab but no body, designed for hauling a trailer or semitrailer.
- something used for drawing or pulling.
- a propeller mounted at the front of an airplane, thus exerting a pull.
- Also called tractor airplane.an airplane with a propeller so mounted.
Origin of tractor
Examples from the Web for tractor
Going hands-free is just one of the perks of a place where the only form of transportation is by carriage, bike, or tractor.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
Highways were blocked off, leaving passengers waiting to be rescued by a tractor.Hercules, Schmercules. Here Are America’s 5 Worst Blizzards
January 3, 2014
Wearing a red hoodie over his baseball cap, Omar, 17, quickly jumped off a tractor to greet us.Palestinian Children: The Invisible Workers of Israeli Settlements
August 28, 2013
For those not in the know, tractor beams were used to pull foreign objects towards the Starship Enterprise.Creating the Starship Enterprise
January 28, 2013
"When I'm spending 16 hours on a tractor, it gives me some opportunity to sort through issues in solitude," he tells me.Senator Jon Tester: The Democrats' Last Best Hope
May 8, 2011
The tractor beam that would take hold of them had never been designed.The Vortex Blaster
Edward Elmer Smith
The "tractor" hauls the log direct to the railway if the distance is not too great.Handwork in Wood
And you might have someone send out a mechanic with parts to fix my tractor.
He turned back to his tractor, moving as slowly as he felt safe in doing.
Barney climbed into the pickup and drove it around to the tractor shed.Make Mine Homogenized
- a motor vehicle used to pull heavy loads, esp farm machinery such as a plough or harvester. It usually has two large rear wheels with deeply treaded tyres
- a short motor vehicle with a powerful engine and a driver's cab, used to pull a trailer, as in an articulated lorry
- an aircraft with its propeller or propellers mounted in front of the engine
Word Origin and History for tractor
1856, "something that pulls," earlier used of a quack device consisting of two metal rods which were supposed to relieve rheumatism (1798, in full Perkins's metallic tractor), from Medieval Latin tractor, from stem of Latin trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Sense of "an engine or vehicle for pulling wagons or plows" is recorded by 1896, from earlier traction engine (1859). The meaning "powerful truck for pulling a freight trailer" is first found 1926; tractor-trailer is attested from 1949.