6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drive \Drive\ (dr[imac]v), verb (used with an object) [imp. {Drove} (dr[=o]v), formerly {Drave} (dr[=a]v); p. p. {Driven} (dr[i^]v'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Driving}.] [AS. dr[imac]fan; akin to OS. dr[imac]ban, D. drijven, OHG. tr[imac]ban, G. treiben, Icel. dr[imac]fa, Goth. dreiban. Cf. {Drift}, {Drove}.]

1. To impel or urge onward by force in a direction away from one, or along before one; to push forward; to compel to move on; to communicate motion to; as, to drive cattle; to drive a nail; smoke drives persons from a room.

A storm came on and drove them into Pylos. --Jowett (Thucyd. ).

Shield pressed on shield, and man drove man along. --Pope.

Go drive the deer and drag the finny prey. --Pope.

2. To urge on and direct the motions of, as the beasts which draw a vehicle, or the vehicle borne by them; hence, also, to take in a carriage; to convey in a vehicle drawn by beasts; as, to drive a pair of horses or a stage; to drive a person to his own door.

How . . . proud he was to drive such a brother! --Thackeray.

3. To urge, impel, or hurry forward; to force; to constrain; to urge, press, or bring to a point or state; as, to drive a person by necessity, by persuasion, by force of circumstances, by argument, and the like. " Enough to drive one mad." --Tennyson.

He, driven to dismount, threatened, if I did not do the like, to do as much for my horse as fortune had done for his. --Sir P. Sidney.

4. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute. [Now used only colloquially.] --Bacon.

The trade of life can not be driven without partners. --Collier.

5. To clear, by forcing away what is contained.

To drive the country, force the swains away. --Dryden.

6. (Mining) To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel. --Tomlinson.

7. To pass away; -- said of time. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

8. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel (the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

9. to operate (a vehicle) while it is on motion, by manipulating the controls, such as the steering, propulsion, and braking mechanisms. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drive \Drive\, noun

1. In various games, as tennis, cricket, etc., the act of player who drives the ball; the stroke or blow; the flight of the ball, etc., so driven. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. (Golf) A stroke from the tee, generally a full shot made with a driver; also, the distance covered by such a stroke. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Note: Drive, in all its senses, implies forcible or violent action. It is the reverse of to lead. To drive a body is to move it by applying a force behind; to lead is to cause to move by applying the force before, or in front. It takes a variety of meanings, according to the objects by which it is followed; as, to drive an engine, to direct and regulate its motions; to drive logs, to keep them in the current of a river and direct them in their course; to drive feathers or down, to place them in a machine, which, by a current of air, drives off the lightest to one end, and collects them by themselves. "My thrice-driven bed of down." --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drive \Drive\, verb (used without an object)

1. To rush and press with violence; to move furiously.

Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails. --Dryden.

Under cover of the night and a driving tempest. --Prescott.

Time driveth onward fast, And in a little while our lips are dumb. --Tennyson.

2. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; to be driven.

The hull drives on, though mast and sail be torn. --Byron.

The chaise drives to Mr. Draper's chambers. --Thackeray.

3. To go by carriage; to pass in a carriage; to proceed by directing or urging on a vehicle or the animals that draw it; as, the coachman drove to my door.

4. To press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an effort; to strive; -- usually with at.

Let them therefore declare what carnal or secular interest he drove at. --South.

5. To distrain for rent. [Obs.]

6. (Golf) To make a drive, or stroke from the tee. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

7. to go from one place to another in a vehicle, serving as the operator of the vehicle; to drive[9] a vehicle from one location to another. He drove from New York to Boston in four hours. [PJC]

{To let drive}, to aim a blow; to strike with force; to attack. "Four rogues in buckram let drive at me." --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drive \Drive\ (dr[imac]v), p. p. Driven. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drive \Drive\ (dr[imac]v), noun

1. The act of driving; a trip or an excursion in a carriage, as for exercise or pleasure; -- distinguished from a ride taken on horseback.

2. A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving.

3. Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; esp., a forced or hurried dispatch of business.

The Murdstonian drive in business. --M. Arnold.

4. In type founding and forging, an impression or matrix, formed by a punch drift.

5. A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river. [Colloq.]

Syn: See {Ride}.

6. a private road; a driveway. [PJC]

7. a strong psychological motivation to perform some activity. [PJC]

8. (Computers) a device for reading or writing data from or to a data storage medium, as a {disk drive}, a {tape drive}, a {CD drive}, etc. [PJC]

9. an organized effort by a group to accomplish a goal within a limited period of time; as, a fund-raising drive. [PJC]

10. a physiological function of an organism motivating it to perform specific behaviors; as, the sex drive. [PJC]

11. (Football) the period during which one team sustains movement of the ball toward the opponent's goal without losing possession of the ball; as, a long drive downfield. [PJC]

12. an act of driving a vehicle, especially an automobile; the journey undertaken by driving an automobile; as, to go for a drive in the country. [PJC]

13. the mechanism which causes the moving parts of a machine to move; as, a belt drive. [PJC]

14. the way in which the propulsive force of a vehicle is transmitted to the road; as, a car with four-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, etc. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off" [syn: {drive}, {thrust}, {driving force}]

2: a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"

3: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort" [syn: {campaign}, {cause}, {crusade}, {drive}, {movement}, {effort}]

4: a road leading up to a private house; "they parked in the driveway" [syn: {driveway}, {drive}, {private road}]

5: the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"

6: hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; "he sliced his drive out of bounds" [syn: {drive}, {driving}]

7: the act of driving a herd of animals overland

8: a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile); "he took the family for a drive in his new car" [syn: {drive}, {ride}]

9: a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

10: (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium

11: a wide scenic road planted with trees; "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views" [syn: {drive}, {parkway}]

12: (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)


1: operate or control a vehicle; "drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"

2: travel or be transported in a vehicle; "We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater" [syn: {drive}, {motor}]

3: cause someone or something to move by driving; "She drove me to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"

4: force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad" [syn: {force}, {drive}, {ram}]

5: to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; "She is driven by her passion"

6: cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders" [syn: {repel}, {drive}, {repulse}, {force back}, {push back}, {beat back}] [ant: {attract}, {draw}, {draw in}, {pull}, {pull in}]

7: compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; "She finally drove him to change jobs"

8: push, propel, or press with force; "Drive a nail into the wall"

9: cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; "drive the ball far out into the field"

10: strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis" [syn: {tug}, {labor}, {labour}, {push}, {drive}]

11: move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?" [syn: {drive}, {get}, {aim}]

12: have certain properties when driven; "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well" [syn: {drive}, {ride}]

13: work as a driver; "He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"

14: move by being propelled by a force; "The car drove around the corner"

15: urge forward; "drive the cows into the barn"

16: proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work" [syn: {drive}, {take}]

17: strike with a driver, as in teeing off; "drive a golf ball"

18: hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally; "drive a ball"

19: excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"

20: cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling; "The amplifier drives the tube"; "steam drives the engines"; "this device drives the disks for the computer"

21: hunting: search for game; "drive the forest"

22: hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; "drive the game"

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