tractor etymology

English word tractor comes from Proto-Indo-European *tragʰ-, and later Latin tractus (Drawing, dragging, hauling, pulling.)

Detailed word origin of tractor

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*tragʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to draw, drag
traho Latin (lat) (by extension) I attract the support of, win over.. (figuratively) I attract, draw (someone; their attention). I drag.. I draw out, prolong.. I extract, withdraw.. I plunder, squander.. I trail.
tractus Latin (lat) Drawing, dragging, hauling, pulling.
tractor English (eng) (transitive, agriculture) To prepare (land) with a tractor.. (transitive, medicine, archaic) To treat by means of tractoration, or Perkinism.. (transitive, scifi) To move with a tractor beam. (UK, rail transportation) A British Rail Class 37 locomotive.. (US) A truck (or lorry) for pulling a semi-trailer or trailer.. (agriculture) A vehicle used in farms e.g. for pulling farm equipment and [...]

Words with the same origin as tractor

Descendants of *tragʰ-
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