four-wheel drive


: an automotive drive mechanism that acts on all four wheels of the vehicle
also : a vehicle equipped with such a drive

Examples of four-wheel drive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The car also offers both two- and four-wheel drive, plus regenerative braking. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2023 The Wagoneer's Quadra-Trac full-time four-wheel drive is a large contributor to these feelings of civilized sophistication. David E. Davis Jr., Car and Driver, 18 Mar. 2023 The two men, along with Corduroy, Ryan’s chocolate lab, climbed into Ryan’s four-wheel drive. Thallman, oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2023 Many roads to scenic spots are dirt, not blacktop, and best handled by vehicles with four-wheel drive and high clearance. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for four-wheel drive 

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of four-wheel drive was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Four-wheel drive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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