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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A new tractor of this size would have cost £60,000, a sum that West End Farm couldn't justify.
▪ A man, thirtyish, leaning cross-legged against a new tractor with studded tires.
▪ They designed and built a new tractor mower and turned their former customers into competitors.
▪ They had new weeding tractors and their wheat fields were still being run over by weeds.
▪ Unlike previous Zetor gearboxes, which only had synchromesh on higher gears, the new tractor is all synchro.
▪ And an expensive new lawn tractor.
▪ They had told drivers of 14 civilian tractor trailers carrying supplies to link up with the first convoy.
▪ The 50% who were competent in the basic crop tasks were wives accustomed to drive tractors.
▪ Can you drive a tractor, by the way?
▪ In addition, the Secretary drove the tractor on sundry duties.
▪ He wondered if she could drive a tractor.
▪ He has a man to do the finances, but he drives the tractors and so on.
▪ One morning, Ted drove a tractor and plough into the field and commenced the job.
▪ I couldn't get enthusiastic about driving a tractor all day but I quite enjoy working with these all day.
▪ I drive tractors and struggle in the mud.
▪ All the time the tractor is sinking Through the degrees, deepening Into its hell of ice.
▪ Carla Miller was widowed when a tractor rolled over on her husband.
▪ He opens a surfer shop in Ames, Iowa, right down the street from the tractor repair shop.
▪ I left Don one morning, just after he came in off his tractor from the fields.
▪ It took two additional tractors to disinter the float and permit Hirt and Channing to go on with the show.
▪ Knocked from its invisible supporting cradle of needle-thin tractor beams, the effigy swayed.
▪ That's about what you'd expect for a tractor of this size.
▪ We had to have waders and tractors to go through the streets.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tractor airplane \Trac"tor air"plane\, n. (Aviation) An airplane having one or more tractor propellers; -- called also tractor.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1856, "something that pulls," from Modern Latin tractor "that which draws," agent noun from past participle stem of Latin trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)). Earlier used of a quack device consisting of two metal rods which were supposed to relieve rheumatism (1798, in full Perkins's metallic tractor); still the main sense in Century Dictionary (1891).\n

\nSense 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 as "combined motor-truck and trailer" is from 1914.


n. 1 (label en agriculture) A vehicle used in farms e.g. for pulling farm equipment and preparing the fields. 2 (label en US) A truck (or lorry) for pulling a semi-trailer or trailer. 3 Any piece of machinery, any thing that pulls something. 4 (label en aviation) An airplane where the propeller is located in front of the fuselage 5 (label en UK rail transportation) A locomotive. 6 (label en archaic) A metal rod used in tractoration, or Perkinism.

  1. n. a wheeled vehicle with large wheels; used in farming and other applications

  2. a truck that has a cab but no body; used for pulling large trailers or vans


A tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction. Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks. Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanised.

The word tractor was taken from Latin, being the agent noun of trahere "to pull". The first recorded use of the word meaning "an engine or vehicle for pulling wagons or ploughs" occurred in 1901, displacing the earlier term " traction engine" (1859).

Tractor (band)

Tractor is a band founded in Rochdale, Lancashire, England by guitarist/vocalist Jim Milne and drummer Steve Clayton in 1971. Both had been members of a beat group, The Way We Live since 1966. They are notable both for their appreciation by John Peel and Julian Cope, but also for their longevity because as of 2007, they are still performing. The band was produced initially by schoolfriend sound engineer John Brierley.

Tractor (disambiguation)

A tractor is a vehicle designed for hauling in agriculture or construction.

Tractor may also refer to:

Usage examples of "tractor".

She had seated herself on the fender of an autonomic tractor and was examining packages of seeds.

But in order to do this, it is first necessary to conquer the international bourgeoisie, to compel it to give us these tractors.

Both brothers were on the tractor, Raymond standing up behind Harold, who sat behind the wheel driving an ancient red sun-faded Farmall with the canvas wings of the heat houser bolted over the block onto the fenders for protection from the wind, pulling an empty flatbed hay wagon.

An hour later, the train halted at some crummy town: a water tower, a lithomancy pylon, a tractor depot, a straggle of houses.

A service path had been carved into the cliffs on both sides, cheaper than a bridge, marring the natural beauty but making the canyon bottom accessible to tractors.

In essence, it wrenches its target apart by switching from tractor to presser mode in microsecond bursts.

And then, when Captain Pressman gave the order to Will to get them out of here, now, the tractor beam had been engaged.

Switching on the infra-red, they began slowly to climb in single file, the bulldozer going first, the minder cumbrously following, then the quarrier with the operator and the penner aboard, and the two tractors bringing up the rear.

Switching on the infra-red, they began slowly to climb in single file,through the dark, the bulldozer going first, the field-minder cumbrously following, then the quarrier with the operator and the penner aboard, and the tractors bringing up the rear.

Somewhere in the middle of it, while Kemp was supervising the recoupling of the tractors to the other end of the rig it was discovered that McGrath was missing.

The crane prosthesis was already attached to the mount on the front end, and that made it easy to load the tractor with the winch, the sandbagger, the boxes of spare parts, and finally the crate walls.

Titus snorted, looking up from a Lego tank that he was steadily chewing apart, his chubby fingers unable to separate the slippy little bricks he needed for building a tractor.

They all moved forward, swaying from side to side like straphangers on a rocking Underground train as the tractor slid and dragged under the impact of the wind.

Charlotte, they would be joined by such reactionaries as Hugh Challis or Tertius Tully, and instantly, ranging up beside Charlotte, Purvis would be heard announcing that in Russia all actors are cared for by the government like pet rabbits and that any peasant just off the seat of a tractor can act with more disciplined technique than Noel Coward and design scenery more artfully than Oenslager or Bel Geddes.

Copper, Norris and I placed a twenty-five-pound thermite bomb, wired it, and took the connector up the tunnel to the surface, where Blair had the steam tractor waiting.