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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Louis Silva wakes up every morning at 4 to get on his all-terrain vehicle and round up the cows into the milking barn, where a part-time employee milks them twice a day. Tara Duggan,, "Young dairy farmers continue Marin-Sonoma ranching tradition, stick to organic milk," 8 Sep. 2019 The couple posted photos of themselves on Facebook enjoying time on the beach, wading in the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean, riding all-terrain vehicles and cruising on a boat. Washington Post, "3 Americans found dead in same Dominican Republic resort within 5 days," 5 June 2019 The driver of an all-terrain vehicle died Sunday evening after crashing into a tree in Anoka County. J.d. Duggan, Twin Cities, "ATV driver dies after striking tree in Anoka County," 9 Sep. 2019 The effort to locate Komins included over 40 individual ground searchers, numerous helicopter teams and various all-terrain vehicle teams, according to the sheriff's office. Susan Scutti, CNN, "A 3-day search for a missing California hiker ends with the discovery of his body," 19 Aug. 2019 Howard Coates, 66, had last been seen Thursday evening riding his all-terrain vehicle near his home in Athol, 15 miles north of Coeur d’Alene. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "He went out on his ATV wearing only pajama pants, and ended up trapped for three days," 14 Aug. 2019 Once the fire subsided, their neighbor drove his all-terrain vehicle and returned with an emergency crew that helped the couple and transported them to a firetruck. Washington Post, "Man dies in hospital; 2018 wildfire death toll rises to 86," 8 Aug. 2019 That included people on the ground, in all-terrain vehicles and in helicopters, authorities said. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Hiker missing in Northern California wilderness," 17 Aug. 2019 An unprotected all-terrain vehicle, the MRZR left those in it easy targets for the gunner just 50 yards away with a Soviet-era machine gun called a PKM capable of firing 250 rounds a minute. Sig Christenson,, "San Antonio airman’s quick thinking saved 3 in ambush," 18 July 2019

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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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