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drove

5 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]:

Drove \Drove\, verb (used with an object) & i. [imp. & p. p. {Droved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Droving}.] [Cf. {Drove}, noun, and {Drover}.]

1. To drive, as cattle or sheep, esp. on long journeys; to follow the occupation of a drover.

He's droving now with Conroy's sheep along the Castlereagh. --Paterson. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. To finish, as stone, with a drove or drove chisel. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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

Drove \Drove\, imp. of {Drive}.

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

Drove \Drove\, noun [AS. dr[=a]f, fr. dr[imac]fan to drive. See {Drive}.]

1. A collection of cattle driven, or cattle collected for driving; a number of animals, as oxen, sheep, or swine, driven in a body.

2. Any collection of irrational animals, moving or driving forward; as, a finny drove. --Milton.

3. A crowd of people in motion.

Where droves, as at a city gate, may pass. --Dryden.

4. A road for driving cattle; a driftway. [Eng.]

5. (Agric.) A narrow drain or channel used in the irrigation of land. --Simmonds.

6. (Masonry) (a) A broad chisel used to bring stone to a nearly smooth surface; -- called also {drove chisel}. (b) The grooved surface of stone finished by the drove chisel; -- called also {drove work}.

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

drove

noun

1: a group of animals (a herd or flock) moving together

2: a moving crowd [syn: {drove}, {horde}, {swarm}]

3: a stonemason's chisel with a broad edge for dressing stone [syn: {drove}, {drove chisel}]

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