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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Several miles east, Valley Center resident Fred Wollman hiked in to the barren flanks of the Santa Rosa mountains with three others after a challenging four-wheel drive journey through sandy washes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Love of desert, animals draws volunteer counters," 13 July 2019 Read about seven van conversion outfitters, why more four-wheel drive vans are coming soon, and how to keep your van organized. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Custom camper van is a cozy cabin-on-the-go," 2 July 2019 Some are easily accessible, but others require permission or a four-wheel drive vehicle. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "These Arizona places were critical to the Apollo 11 moon landing. Here's what you should see.," 28 June 2019 To the right of that are two shorter gears; the first is to shift the Scout from rear-wheel drive to four-wheel drive. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: Lafayette owner’s ’67 Scout ‘a mobile man-cave’," 10 June 2019 Street-is-neat types will be glad to hear that the Silverado RST with four-wheel drive will also offer the 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed transmission as an option. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Toughens Up with New Diesel and Expanded V-8 Availability," 22 May 2019 And while orders are rising in Rolls-Royce’s biggest North American markets—California and Florida—the ruggedness and four-wheel drive is prompting an uptick in orders from Canada, New England, and the Rockies. Jaclyn Trop, Fortune, "The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Is a Diamond Designed for Rough Terrain," 22 June 2019 The second shifter is to put the vehicle in low-range four-wheel drive for heavy towing or very rough terrain. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: Lafayette owner’s ’67 Scout ‘a mobile man-cave’," 10 June 2019 Getting the research team’s caravan of four-wheel drive vehicles and pickup trucks to that remote location required picking routes carefully around rocks, potholes and tortoises along 10 miles of washboard dirt road. Louis Sahagun,, "These tortoise-killing ravens are so smart, scientists must use drones to stop them," 9 June 2019

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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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