four-wheel drive


Definition of four-wheel drive

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

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All-wheel drive can be used on dry pavement, where four-wheel drive requires a slippery surface so that the front and rear ends can match speed without binding. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use Your 4WD System," 5 Dec. 2018 Beyond the standard features, ModVans also works with clients on upgrades like four-wheel drive, a 4G LTE cell booster, an outdoor shower, and a third row of seats. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with removable components can sleep a family," 21 Nov. 2018 Chains are required on all vehicles except those with all-wheel or four-wheel drive, according to the department. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "I-90 reopens at Snoqualmie Pass," 23 Nov. 2018 Infiniti's full-size SUV, the QX80, got a major makeover for 2018, but drops back to a two-model lineup – one with rear-wheel drive and one with four-wheel drive. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 Six Senses Zighy Bay This remote resort (accessible only by four-wheel drive) is a rustic, idyllic getaway. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Dubai," 4 Mar. 2018 Rear-wheel-drive models have EPA fuel-economy ratings of 14 mpg city/20 highway/16 combined; with four-wheel drive, the ratings are 13/19/15. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 All of these systems come with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction-control system and rear-axle disconnect when four-wheel drive is not needed. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Jeep Cherokee Overland: A 'premium' midcycle redesign," 25 May 2018 Add four-wheel drive and the longer six-foot-four-inch bed, and the crew-cab Limited climbs to a $59,335 base price. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "Ram Jam: 2019 Ram 1500 Pickup Starts at $33,340," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of four-wheel drive

1926, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of four-wheel drive

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

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