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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My vehicle specialist is very intent on me building a device to expand the scanning range of my all-terrain vehicle, while the construction expert wants me to hire someone adept at weapons for our small crew. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: responsibility," 8 Aug. 2018 Ipswich police used all-terrain vehicles and a helicopter from the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing assisted in the search. Emily Sweeney,, "Police find missing man in Ipswich," 13 July 2018 DSRaider, an Israeli company, is marketing its EZRaider series of personal all-terrain vehicles as a sturdy, quiet transportation tool for commandos and other troops. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The 'Raider' Is an Offroad Scooter for Soldiers," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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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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