One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A powerful motor vehicle with large rear wheels, used chiefly on farms for hauling equipment and trailers.
- ‘Farm tractors are used to move organic and phosphate wastes onto the dykes.’
- ‘As with any other purchase, it pays to shop around before buying a small tractor.’
- ‘At this moment he was playing with a toy tractor quite happily, making his noises.’
- ‘Carlow's strong farming background was also highlighted by the number of vintage tractors in the parade.’
- ‘We recently came across a major scam of agricultural tractors stolen in England.’
- ‘In 1990 a new 120 horsepower tractor cost $40,000.’
- ‘Deaths associated with farm tractors are the most common cause of work-related death in U.S. agriculture.’
- ‘Dad says he never really thought about buying a new tractor.’
- ‘Other teams had to carry or roll tractor tyres along the sand.’
- ‘Vintage tractors, motorcycles, cars trucks etc all welcome on the day.’
- ‘The garden also boasts an old wheelbarrow filled with plants, and a large tractor tyre tumbling with colour.’
- ‘One day he remembered starting the old diesel tractor on the farm inside a metal shed.’
- ‘Loose or wet soil can aggravate deep tractor tire tracks during tillage or drilling.’
- ‘Adam pulled his other glove off and dropped the pair on top of the tractor tire.’
- ‘One of our most frequent excursions takes us to the abandoned tractor in a nearby field.’
- ‘Farther north, a farm wife drives a tractor pulling a flat rack.’
- ‘An antique tractors show took place on Friday afternoon as well as horse shows.’
- ‘Estate tractors, also known as compact diesel tractors, are nearly all heavy-duty machines.’
- ‘A used tractor tire makes an excellent base for converting hog feeders to cattle feeders.’
- ‘There were tractors ploughing the soil, many of the shrubs had been uprooted and it was buzzing with activity.’
- 1.1US A short truck consisting of the driver's cab, designed to pull a large trailer.
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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