all-terrain vehicle

all-ter·​rain vehicle

Definition of all-terrain 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 The newspaper reports that one person died and two others were injured about 12:35 a.m. in a crash involving an all-terrain vehicle in Greene County. Frank Fellone, Arkansas Online, "DRIVETIME MAHATMA: ATVs not legal, wise on highway," 12 Sep. 2020 The fire was originally reported as an all-terrain vehicle on fire in a field near Vicksburg Avenue and Potomac Circle in Germantown. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Firefighters from throughout Milwaukee metro area called to large brush fire in Germantown," 18 Aug. 2020 To rescue the large dog, crews used an all-terrain vehicle and placed Nikko in a Stokes Basket on a wheel, carefully navigating the pooch down the mountain. Ally Mauch,, "125-Pound Dog Rescued from Virginia Mountain After Collapsing During Hike in 90-Degree Heat," 31 July 2020 To survey the area, researchers spent upward of four months pulling GPR equipment across the surface with an all-terrain vehicle, reports Reuters. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Discover Details of Buried Roman City Without Digging," 12 June 2020 An all-terrain vehicle invites a driver, and budding photojournalists can learn to take a picture from the back. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Barbie visits Indianapolis: 5 things to see at The Children's Museum's new exhibit," 31 July 2020 The town is busy stringing fiber optic cables to improve internet connectivity for businesses and professionals in its downtown, and constructing all-terrain vehicle and mountain biking trails to entice more visitors. Jack Brook, The Christian Science Monitor, "Conservation vs. copper: Minnesota town debates its future with a mine," 2 July 2020 In a good all-terrain vehicle, crossing Guinea takes four days; in the rainy season, much longer. Washington Post, "Scarce medical oxygen worldwide leaves many gasping for life," 24 June 2020 Office said all-terrain vehicle riders found the man, later identified as John Eric Sims, about one mile north of U.S. 20. oregonlive, "Portland mountain biker found dead east of Bend, deputies say," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of all-terrain vehicle

1956, in the meaning defined above

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“All-terrain vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of all-terrain vehicle

: a small open vehicle with three or four large wheels that is used to drive over very rough ground

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Kids Definition of all-terrain vehicle

: a small open vehicle with three or four wheels for use on rough ground

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