Definition of tractor in English:



  • 1A powerful motor vehicle with large rear wheels, used chiefly on farms for hauling equipment and trailers.

    • ‘Deaths associated with farm tractors are the most common cause of work-related death in U.S. agriculture.’
    • ‘Carlow's strong farming background was also highlighted by the number of vintage tractors in the parade.’
    • ‘Other teams had to carry or roll tractor tyres along the sand.’
    • ‘An antique tractors show took place on Friday afternoon as well as horse shows.’
    • ‘In 1990 a new 120 horsepower tractor cost $40,000.’
    • ‘There were tractors ploughing the soil, many of the shrubs had been uprooted and it was buzzing with activity.’
    • ‘Farm tractors are used to move organic and phosphate wastes onto the dykes.’
    • ‘We recently came across a major scam of agricultural tractors stolen in England.’
    • ‘A used tractor tire makes an excellent base for converting hog feeders to cattle feeders.’
    • ‘The garden also boasts an old wheelbarrow filled with plants, and a large tractor tyre tumbling with colour.’
    • ‘Vintage tractors, motorcycles, cars trucks etc all welcome on the day.’
    • ‘Adam pulled his other glove off and dropped the pair on top of the tractor tire.’
    • ‘Dad says he never really thought about buying a new tractor.’
    • ‘At this moment he was playing with a toy tractor quite happily, making his noises.’
    • ‘Estate tractors, also known as compact diesel tractors, are nearly all heavy-duty machines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of our most frequent excursions takes us to the abandoned tractor in a nearby field.’
    • ‘As with any other purchase, it pays to shop around before buying a small tractor.’
    • ‘Loose or wet soil can aggravate deep tractor tire tracks during tillage or drilling.’
    1. 1.1US A short truck consisting of the driver's cab, designed to pull a large trailer.
      • ‘She said they were still looking for the Volvo tractor unit.’
      • ‘The company operates a fleet of 46 trucks, 10 tractors and 34 trailers.’
      • ‘Several companies have designed attachments for tractors that can help contractors complete jobs with profit and speed.’
      • ‘While sales of automobiles and light trucks have been slipping, orders are pouring in for bigger vehicles - from trucks and tractors to trains and airplanes.’
      • ‘I decided to go ahead anyway and got a tow tractor to pull the engine out of the hangar.’
      • ‘Two large tractor units pulling trailers are understood to have collided on flat, open sands, four miles off the coast with no other vehicles in the immediate area.’
      • ‘He told me life to him is about tractors and trucks and playing hard with his friends and family.’
      • ‘The competitors are constantly up and down, in and out of their tractor cabs.’
      • ‘He figured he could reach the top of the trailer by climbing over the cab of the tractor unit.’
      • ‘Processors are using the same refrigeration technology whether they employ trailers pulled behind tractors or full-capacity trucks, he adds.’
      • ‘Containers can be placed on wheeled trailer chassis that are pulled by truck tractors over roads.’
      • ‘Five minutes later, a tow tractor manned by a Japanese ground crew had me on a taxiway.’
      • ‘Trucks or tractors with trailers transporting fruit, vegetables or grain from the farm to the packhouse or silo do not need to individually register with the department.’
      • ‘Villagers had to use whatever transport was available, including pickup trucks and wagons pulled by tractors.’
      • ‘Arriving into the village and witnessing hundreds of tractors, jeeps, trucks and trailers parked on either side of the road is a rarer sight nowadays.’


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