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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Welch said the area had been searched previously by drones, all-terrain vehicles, kayak teams and foot patrols. Tom Foreman Jr., Fox News, "After 6-year-old's body found, search for clues continues," 28 Sep. 2018 The DSRaider all-terrain vehicle has the advantages of traditional ATVs in a smaller, more compact package. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The 'Raider' Is an Offroad Scooter for Soldiers," 21 Aug. 2018 Over the last year, the battle royale game has placed more emphasis on vehicles through inclusions such as the shopping cart, the all-terrain vehicle, and arguably, the balloon. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite adds planes and now people are playing it like Battlefield," 6 Dec. 2018 But all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles will be too heavy for what's left of the ice around the area., "Fishing Report for Feb. 16: Pack up the ice fishing gear and get ready for spring fishing," 16 Feb. 2018 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

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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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