a hypothetical device in force field technology which can attract an object from a distance
She attracts friends on her travels as if with a tractor beam.
The tractor beam held its heavy burden easily and the generators functioned perfectly.
The tractor beam that would take hold of them had never been designed.
He could not cut that tractor beam and the utmost power of his drivers could not wrest the lifeboat from its tenacious clutch.
They have to aim something—a pressor or tractor beam, most likely—and pick off each rocket separately.
But they screamed once again as Greg sent out a tractor beam that seized and held, dragged the Interplanetarian to a standstill.
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.