A tractor is a vehicle that’s used on a farm or work site, often to pull a trailer or other equipment. A farmer might use a tractor to pull a plow through her corn field before planting.

Tractors typically have two large wheels in back, and smaller wheels in front. The cab of a tractor, where the driver sits, is sometimes open at the sides. When tractors were first used in farm work, they replaced horses and other large animals once commonly used to pull plows and move heavy equipment. The original meaning of tractor was “something that pulls,” while in Modern Latin it means “that which draws,” from trahere, “to pull or draw.”

Definitions of tractor
  1. noun

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

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    bulldozer, dozer

    large powerful tractor; a large blade in front flattens areas of ground

    a tractor used to haul logs over rough terrain

    a bulldozer with an angled moldboard to push earth to one side
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    self-propelled vehicle

    a wheeled vehicle that carries in itself a means of propulsion

  2. noun

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

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    motortruck, truck

    an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling

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