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four-wheel drive

noun, Automotive.
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
1925-1930
1925-30
Related forms
four-wheel-drive, adjective
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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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