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Line breaks: trac|tor
Pronunciation: /ˈtraktə

Definition of tractor in English:


A powerful motor vehicle with large rear wheels, used chiefly on farms for hauling equipment and trailers.
Example sentences
  • Farther north, a farm wife drives a tractor pulling a flat rack.
  • One day he remembered starting the old diesel tractor on the farm inside a metal shed.
  • Farm tractors are used to move organic and phosphate wastes onto the dykes.


late 18th century (in the general sense 'someone or something that pulls'): from Latin, from tract- 'pulled', from the verb trahere.

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