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

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Demand for all-terrain vehicles that can provide access to remote and difficult-to-reach places continues to be high for the U.S. military and allies. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Eurosatory 2018: Huge wheeled military ATV swims and surprises," 12 June 2018 In other news: Eleven people, including two teenagers, were arrested during a crackdown on all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes operating illegally on city streets, Atlanta police said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Police: 2 men flee traffic stop, cause 5-car accident in NE Atlanta," 10 July 2018 Others include low-riding wheeled toys; swimming pools; all-terrain vehicles; toys with small parts; baby pools and garden buckets; backyard water slides; high-powered water guns; and bounce houses and backyard trampolines., "Saddleback Mountain buyer accused of bilking investor," 21 June 2018 An all-terrain vehicle was stolen from a residential shed. Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 13 June 2018 Gigantic self-inflating tires turn this bulletproof combat all-terrain vehicle into a tiny tank that floats and swims. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Eurosatory 2018: Huge wheeled military ATV swims and surprises," 12 June 2018 The bank said the changes would benefit its Sheffield Financial division, which is based in Clemmons, and provides installment loans to finance specialty outdoor equipment, such as all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and lawn equipment. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Here's why fees for some NC loans might increase 200 percent," 1 June 2018 State troopers driving in all-terrain vehicles and wearing helmets drove up and down Main Street and blocked anyone from entering. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Army National Guardsman Missing After Massive Flooding Hits Ellicott City, Md.," 28 May 2018 The fighting lasted about an hour, resulting in the deaths of 43 Islamic State fighters and the destruction of six all-terrain vehicles, the report said. New York Times,, "At least 4 Russians killed in Syria in firefight with Islamic State," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of all-terrain vehicle

1956, in the meaning defined above

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

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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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