all-wheel drive


: an automobile drive mechanism that acts on all four wheels of the vehicle

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Most 911 models have rear-wheel drive but all-wheel drive is available. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2022 It’ll be equipped with all-wheel drive with an electric motor on each axle. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 18 Oct. 2022 The mid-size four-door is equipped with a powerful 328-volt, high-performance drive battery and AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive, according to the brand. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 29 Aug. 2022 And Pacifica, for instance, also recently became available in all-wheel drive, offers 97 separate safety features and was the first minivan available in a hybrid version. Dale Buss, Forbes, 31 July 2022 An asynchronous motor at the front and a permanent synchronous motor at the rear offer standard all-wheel drive for the full lineup, with 295 hp (220 kW) and 339 lb-ft (460 Nm). Abigail Bassett, Ars Technica, 26 July 2022 The idea for Quattro all-wheel drive subsequently was born. Brendan Mcaleer, Car and Driver, 2 Oct. 2022 Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2022 Unveiled by the DeLorean Motor Company, the Alpha5 is an all-electric, all-wheel drive sports coupe that seats four. Mark Heim |, al, 27 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-wheel drive was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“All-wheel drive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

all-wheel drive


: a system that applies engine power directly to all four wheels of a vehicle together or separately
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