"When I'm spending 16 hours on a tractor, it gives me some opportunity to sort through issues in solitude," he tells me.
Going hands-free is just one of the perks of a place where the only form of transportation is by carriage, bike, or tractor.
Highways were blocked off, leaving passengers waiting to be rescued by a tractor.
1856, "something that pulls," earlier used of a quack device consisting of two metal rods which were supposed to relieve rheumatism (1798, in full Perkins's metallic tractor), from Medieval Latin tractor, from stem of Latin trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Sense of "an engine or vehicle for pulling wagons or plows" is recorded by 1896, from earlier traction engine (1859). The meaning "powerful truck for pulling a freight trailer" is first found 1926; tractor-trailer is attested from 1949.