four-wheel drive

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nounAutomotive.
  1. a drive system in which engine power is transmitted to all four wheels for improved traction.

  2. a vehicle having such a system. Abbreviation: 4WD

Origin of four-wheel drive

1
First recorded in 1925–30

Other words from four-wheel drive

  • four-wheel-drive, adjective

Words Nearby four-wheel drive

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How to use four-wheel drive in a sentence

  • Scotty reached down and put the jeep into four-wheel drive, then turned left off the road.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery | Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He started the jeep, then shifted into his own four-wheel drive.

    The Golden Skull | John Blaine
  • Rick held on tight as Zircon shifted into four-wheel drive and forged ahead.

    The Flaming Mountain | Harold Leland Goodwin
  • There was little danger of the jeep bogging down, especially in four-wheel drive.

    The Flaming Mountain | Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for four-wheel drive

four-wheel drive

noun
  1. a system used in motor vehicles in which all four wheels are connected to the source of power

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