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 Anyone would be able to carry a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow in a wildlife refuge or while operating an all-terrain vehicle under the bill. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Oct. 2021 Koranda told the Daily News his office received a call about a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle that had driven over an embankment and flipped on top of the driver. Joelle Goldstein,, 15 Sep. 2021 An all-terrain vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Mount Magazine State Park killed one person and injured another, state police reported. Jack Mitchell, Arkansas Online, 26 July 2021 On Monday in Napa Valley, Mr. Thompson leaned out of the passenger side of a four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle to scope out his assignment: locating fresh water on a 155-acre vineyard with two dry wells, and others that were underperforming. New York Times, 17 July 2021 Under Florida law, anyone under age 16 must wear a helmet, including eye protection, while operating an all-terrain vehicle., 5 July 2021 As the town of Sunland Park awakened, an agent on horseback and another on an all-terrain vehicle guarded three men sitting on the ground until other agents could arrive to take them away. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2021 Thanks to sweeping appropriations finalized last month by the state Legislature, Minnesota's all-terrain vehicle boom will grow to new dimensions over the next two years behind the strength of more than $13 million in spending. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 With some of the money, prosecutors allege, Kacher bought Mitchell an all-terrain vehicle, new carpets for his Cambridge home and paid for a detached garage Mitchell was building to the home. James Whitlow,, 18 May 2021

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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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15 Oct 2021

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“All-terrain vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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 motor vehicle with three or four wheels for use on rough ground

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