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tractor

[ trak-ter ]
/ ˈtræk tər /
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noun
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.
Aeronautics.
  1. a propeller mounted at the front of an airplane, thus exerting a pull.
  2. Also called tractor airplane. an airplane with a propeller so mounted.
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Origin of tractor

1855–60; <Latin trac-, variant stem of trahere to draw, pull + -tor-tor
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British Dictionary definitions for tractor

tractor
/ (ˈtræktə) /

noun
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 for tractor

C18: from Late Latin: one who pulls, from trahere to drag
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