four-wheel drive
noun Date: 1926 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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  • four-wheel drive — four′ wheel drive′ n. aum a drive system in which engine power is transmitted to all four wheels of a vehicle for improved traction • Etymology: 1925–30 four′ wheel drive′, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • four-wheel drive — four wheel drives N COUNT A four wheel drive is a vehicle in which all four wheels receive power from the engine to help with steering. This makes the vehicle easier to drive on rough roads or surfaces such as sand or snow …   English dictionary

  • four-wheel drive — four wheel drive, adj. Auto. 1. a drive system in which engine power is transmitted to all four wheels for improved traction. 2. a vehicle having such a system. Abbr.: 4WD [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • four-wheel drive — n [U and C] a system in a vehicle which gives the power of the engine to all four wheels to make it easier to drive, or a vehicle that has this type of system …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • four-wheel drive — noun uncount a system that provides power to all four wheels of a vehicle a. count a vehicle that has this system …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • four-wheel drive — ► NOUN ▪ a transmission system which provides power directly to all four wheels of a vehicle …   English terms dictionary

  • four-wheel-drive — fourˈ wheel driveˈ adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑four …   Useful english dictionary

  • Four-wheel drive — This article is about the class of vehicle drivetrains. For other uses, see Four by four/Four wheel drive (disambiguation). All wheel drive redirects here. For the all wheel drive in motorcycles, see two wheel drive. The Jeep Wrangler is a 4WD… …   Wikipedia

  • four-wheel drive — (4WD) A type of drive system in which both front wheels are connected to its own differential and axles, and both back wheels are connected to its own differential and axles. Between these two differentials there is a transfer case which allows… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • four-wheel drive — noun 1. a motor vehicle with a four wheel drive transmission system • Syn: ↑4WD • Hypernyms: ↑motor vehicle, ↑automotive vehicle 2. a transmission that provides power directly to all four wheels of a motor vehicle • Syn: ↑4WD …   Useful english dictionary

  • Four Wheel Drive — This article is about the vehicle manufacturer. See Four by four/Four wheel drive (disambiguation) for other uses. The Four Wheel Drive Auto Company, more often known as Four Wheel Drive or just FWD, was founded in 1909 in Clintonville, Wisconsin …   Wikipedia

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