all-terrain vehicle


all-ter·​rain vehicle
: a small motor vehicle with three or four wheels that is designed for use on various types of terrain

called also ATV

Examples of all-terrain vehicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At about midnight, she was found around three miles away from home by a local riding on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), per ABC News. Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 Fairbanks officers, helicopters and all-terrain vehicles were also assisting in the search, state troopers said in a statement Tuesday. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 19 Aug. 2023 The path is barely wide enough for an all-terrain vehicle. Tommy Cummings, Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2023 Advertisement Divers from the provincial police service, police on all-terrain vehicles and boats, the Canadian armed forces and a coast guard helicopter helped scour the shoreline and river for the man. Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Washington Post, 3 June 2023 Officers searched the area with rescue crews Wednesday night, using drones and all-terrain vehicles. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2023 A couple parks offer off-road trails for dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 1 June 2023 Two conservation officers met them at the shelter with two all-terrain vehicles and drove them down the mountain to their car at the visitors center, officials said. Talia Lissauer,, 25 July 2023 Efforts included drones, K-9s, all-terrain vehicles and multiple helicopters, including Air Force Black Hawks. Amanda Lee Myers, USA TODAY, 30 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of all-terrain vehicle was in 1956

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“All-terrain vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

all-terrain vehicle

: a small motor vehicle with three or four wheels for use on various types of ground

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