• Dad Drove the Dukes out 135
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n drove a stonemason's chisel with a broad edge for dressing stone
    • n drove a moving crowd
    • n drove a group of animals (a herd or flock) moving together
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: St. Patrick never really drove out any snakes from Ireland. This story was an analogy of how he drove paganism out of Ireland
    • Drove (Masonry) A broad chisel used to bring stone to a nearly smooth surface; -- called also drove chisel.
    • Drove A collection of cattle driven, or cattle collected for driving; a number of animals, as oxen, sheep, or swine, driven in a body.
    • Drove A crowd of people in motion. "Where droves , as at a city gate, may pass."
    • Drove (Agric) A narrow drain or channel used in the irrigation of land.
    • Drove A road for driving cattle; a driftway.
    • Drove Any collection of irrational animals, moving or driving forward; as, a finny drove .
    • imp Drove of Drive.
    • Drove (Masonry) The grooved surface of stone finished by the drove chisel; -- called also drove work.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • drove Preterit and obsolete and dialectal past participle of drive.
    • n drove A number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a body; cattle driven in a herd: by extension, a collection or crowd of other animals, or of human beings, in motion.
    • n drove A road or drive for sheep or cattle in droves.
    • n drove A narrow channel or drain, used in the irrigation of land.
    • drove In masonry, to tool roughly
    • n drove A chisel, from two to four inches broad, used in making droved work.
    • drove To trouble; afflict; make anxious.
    • drove To follow the occupation of a drover.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pa.t Drove drōv of Drive
    • n Drove a number of cattle, or other animals, driven
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  • W. C. Fields
    “It was a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it.”
  • Diogenes of Sinope
    Diogenes of Sinope
    “Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves, whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.”
  • Mark Twain
    “We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove.”


In droves - When things happen in droves, a lot happen at the same time or very quickly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. drāf, fr. drīfan, to drive. See Drive


In literature:

The ground had been too soft for them to hear the wagon when he drove up.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The prairie was shining white in the moonlight with the first frost when Torrance, Hetty, and Miss Schuyler drove up to Allonby's ranch.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
The legend says that every night, at twelve o'clock, he drove into his castleyard and out again.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Then he sat down for a smoke, and he was looking at them through the window when I drove away.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
I drove for him for pay, that is all.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
So every morning the two drove away to their schools and returned in the evening.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
She waved her hand to us and drove up.
"Letters on an Elk Hunt" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
It drove at them, a swirling blast of snow and sand.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
It was late on a September evening when Audrey drove through Rutherford.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
And now he made himself a sledge, threw his team up in the air, and drove off.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown

In poetry:

Then Akbar came and drove him--
A jackal--from his door,
And bade him wander far and look
On Sutna's face no more.
"In The Tents Of Akbar" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
When mediaeval hurricane
The gods in exile drove,
"Thrice-greatest" Hermes and his train
Usurped the seats of Jove:
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
Then he dreamed through Jesus' hand
That he drove a nail—
Woke and cried, "Through every land,
Lord, I seek thy Grail!"
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
As by magic moves the rudder;
Borne upon her snowy pinions
Flies the ship--as tho' a spirit
Drove her onward at its will!
"The Phantom Vessel" by Morris Rosenfeld
"One day, when we were all alone,
He proffer'd odious love;
The wretch with horrour I repuls'd,
And from my presence drove.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
A wind by night in Northern lands
Arose, and loud it cried,
And drove the ship from elven-strands
Across the steaming tide.
"Nimrodel" by J R R Tolkien

In news:

Authorities in Cleveland say the teen, who is not being identified because of his age, stole the bus from a maintenance facility and apparently drove at least five miles before being spotted and arrested.
MANY YEARS AGO, IN A faraway kingdom called The Sixties, when doctors drove Buicks and ecstasy couldn't be bought, there lived a man named John F Kennedy.
A bomb exploded Saturday and wounded a leading opponent of the Iranian Government as he drove through a busy shopping area.
The state's iconic fish, treasured for food, sport and cash, should now be swimming in droves up rivers from the Southeast rain forests to the populated Railbelt and the Western Alaska tundra.
Kissimmee man was killed overnight when he drove off the road on John Young Parkway.
A series of concussions that left him with migraines, fatigue and depression drove Pat LaFontaine from the National Hockey League five years ago.
Drove by the breeder numerous times.
Saudi King Cancels Lashing Sentence Against Woman Who Drove.
Junior shortstop Zack Lavy had two hits and drove in three runs Thursday night as unbeaten North Callaway opened Mid-Missouri Conference play with a 9-2 victory over Hallsville.
Andy Leer drove in Angel Morales three times to help the Miracle win their season finale against the Charlotte Stone Crabs 6-3 on Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park.
We drove 45 minutes from Hyderabad to talk with some lepers who live in an abandoned building on the edge of the village of Madhapur.
On Monday, New York City Councilman Steve Levin drove around Brooklyn neighborhoods from Manhattan to Atlantic avenues monitoring flooding and gawking at residents who did not evacuate from their Zone A condos.
AFTER visiting Glasgow last July, we drove into the countryside, east toward Perth and north to the Grampian region, over to the Highlands and down the western coast, staying at country-house hotels both grand and homey.
She said he threw off his clothes, stomped out the fire and told her to not call the police before he drove away.
When he saw school officials, he drove off the campus and headed west on Del Mar Heights.

In science:

In numerous invited opening and summary talks he captured the excitement of the field, encouraged the young generation of scientists entering the field in droves, and stimulated his colleagues with his insights, speculations and proposals.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme
The calibrator was chosen primarily for proximity to the target pulsar, though strength and compactness requirements drove some choices.
Precision Astrometry with the Very Long Baseline Array: Parallaxes and Proper Motions for 14 Pulsars
The basic spirit, I believe, is the same as the one that drove physicists when they were groping in the dark during the development of quantum mechanics.
Overview and Outlook
He asked some people walking by where it was, and then quickly drove to it.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
The next morning we drove to our newfound viewing site and, by the time of the launch, were sharing it with about 250 other people including many past and present members of the Stanford team.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society