all-wheel drive


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

Examples of all-wheel drive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Permanent all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission conspire with all that power to enable fantastic acceleration. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 21 Mar. 2023 The vehicle will be sold as rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 21 Mar. 2023 With help from the all-wheel drive drivetrain, even when plowing through puddles, the crossover felt firmly planted to the asphalt both on the highway and two-lane roads bookmarked by grapevines. Roberto Baldwin, The Verge, 20 Mar. 2023 Based on Nissan’s EV all-wheel drive control technology (dubbed e-4ORCE) used on the brand’s newest EV, Ariya, the rover features front and rear electric motors to navigate challenging terrain. Kristin Shaw, Popular Science, 20 Mar. 2023 Nissan claims the all-wheel drive version will do zero to 60 mph in a respectable 4.8 seconds, compared to an unremarkable 7.2 seconds for the front-wheel drive single-motor powertrain. Stephen Edelstein, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2023 The Model X all-wheel drive dropped to $99,990, down $10,000. Harold Maass, The Week, 6 Mar. 2023 Where four-wheel drive locks the speeds of the front and rear axles together, doubling traction over two-wheel drive, all-wheel drive (in the absence of other technologies) sends all an engine’s torque to the wheel (of four) with the least traction. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 16 Feb. 2023 The ultra-intense Competition trim bumps power to 503 horsepower and requires an eight-speed automatic; all-wheel drive is optional. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 9 Mar. 2023

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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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“All-wheel drive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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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