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tractor beam

noun

a hypothetical device in force field technology which can attract an object from a distance

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  • The tractor beam held its heavy burden easily and the generators functioned perfectly.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • The tractor beam that would take hold of them had never been designed.

    The Vortex Blaster Edward Elmer Smith
  • He could not cut that tractor beam and the utmost power of his drivers could not wrest the lifeboat from its tenacious clutch.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • They have to aim something—a pressor or tractor beam, most likely—and pick off each rocket separately.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
  • But they screamed once again as Greg sent out a tractor beam that seized and held, dragged the Interplanetarian to a standstill.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • And again the Nevian shear-plane of force slashed at the Boise's tractor beam; but this time the mighty puller did not give way.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith

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