• WordNet 3.6
    • v drive move into a desired direction of discourse "What are you driving at?"
    • v drive hunting: chase from cover into more open ground "drive the game"
    • v drive hunting: search for game "drive the forest"
    • v drive 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"
    • v drive excavate horizontally "drive a tunnel"
    • v drive hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally "drive a ball"
    • v drive strike with a driver, as in teeing off "drive a golf ball"
    • v drive cause to move back by force or influence "repel the enemy","push back the urge to smoke","beat back the invaders"
    • v drive cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force "drive the ball far out into the field"
    • v drive push, propel, or press with force "Drive a nail into the wall"
    • v drive force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically "She rammed her mind into focus","He drives me mad"
    • v drive compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment "She finally drove him to change jobs"
    • v drive travel or be transported in a vehicle "We drove to the university every morning","They motored to London for the theater"
    • v drive proceed along in a vehicle "We drive the turnpike to work"
    • v drive operate or control a vehicle "drive a car or bus","Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
    • v drive urge forward "drive the cows into the barn"
    • v drive cause someone or something to move by driving "She drove me to school every day","We drove the car to the garage"
    • v drive move by being propelled by a force "The car drove around the corner"
    • v drive 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"
    • v drive work as a driver "He drives a bread truck","She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
    • v drive to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly "She is driven by her passion"
    • v drive have certain properties when driven "This car rides smoothly","My new truck drives well"
    • n drive the act of applying force to propel something "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
    • n drive a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile) "he took the family for a drive in his new car"
    • n drive the act of driving a herd of animals overland
    • n drive (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
    • n drive hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver "he sliced his drive out of bounds"
    • n drive 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"
    • n drive a wide scenic road planted with trees "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"
    • n drive a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
    • n drive (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
    • n drive a road leading up to a private house "they parked in the driveway"
    • n drive the trait of being highly motivated "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
    • n drive a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Log Driving on the Ausable River Log Driving on the Ausable River
Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants
Scre propeller and drive train Scre propeller and drive train
The dolphins drive the fish into the nets The dolphins drive the fish into the nets
Soldiers fight to drive back the harpies Soldiers fight to drive back the harpies

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, falling asleep while driving results in 550 accidents per day in the United States
    • Drive A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river.
    • Drive (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.
    • Drive a physiological function of an organism motivating it to perform specific behaviors; as, the sex drive .
    • Drive A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving.
    • Drive a private road; a driveway.
    • Drive (Golf) A stroke from the tee, generally a full shot made with a driver; also, the distance covered by such a stroke.
    • Drive a strong psychological motivation to perform some activity.
    • Drive 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.
    • Drive an organized effort by a group to accomplish a goal within a limited period of time; as, a fund-raising drive .
    • p. p Drive drīv Driven.
    • Drive In type founding and forging, an impression or matrix, formed by a punch drift.
    • Drive 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.
    • Drive Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel (the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw.
    • Drive The act of driving; a trip or an excursion in a carriage, as for exercise or pleasure; -- distinguished from a ride taken on horseback.
    • Drive the mechanism which causes the moving parts of a machine to move; as, a belt drive .
    • Drive (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.
    • Drive 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.
    • Drive 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.""The chaise drives to Mr. Draper's chambers."
    • Drive To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute. "The trade of life can not be driven without partners."
    • Drive To clear, by forcing away what is contained. "To drive the country, force the swains away."
    • Drive (Mining) To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel.
    • Drive To distrain for rent.
    • Drive 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.
    • Drive 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.
    • Drive 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.""Shield pressed on shield, and man drove man along.""Go drive the deer and drag the finny prey."
    • Drive (Golf) To make a drive, or stroke from the tee.
    • Drive to operate (a vehicle) while it is on motion, by manipulating the controls, such as the steering, propulsion, and braking mechanisms.
    • Drive To pass away; -- said of time.
    • Drive 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."
    • Drive To rush and press with violence; to move furiously. "Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails.""Under cover of the night and a driving tempest.""Time driveth onward fast,
      And in a little while our lips are dumb."
    • Drive 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!"
    • Drive 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.""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."
    • Drive Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; esp., a forced or hurried dispatch of business. "The Murdstonian drive in business."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If your shoes squeak, it simply means that two layers of leather in the sole are rubbing together. Driving a tack through the sole will often remove the squeak.
    • drive To compel or urge to move; impel or constrain to go in some direction or manner. To compel (an animal or a human being, and, by figurative extension, inanimate things), by commands, cries, or threats, or by gestures, blows, or other physical means, to move in a desired direction: as, to drive a flock of sheep; to drive slaves; to drive away a fear.
    • drive Specifically— To impel to motion and quicken: applied to draft-animals, as a horse or an ox; also, by extension, to the vehicle drawn, and in recent figurative use to a locomotive or other engine.
    • drive To chase (game); hunt; especially, to chase (game) into a snare or corral, or toward a hunter.
    • drive To cause to move by the direct application of a physical force: as, clouds or a ship driven by the wind; to drive a nail with a hammer.
    • drive In base-ball, also in lawn-tennis, etc., to knock or throw (the ball) very swiftly.
    • drive To cause to pass; pass away:said of time.
    • drive To compel or incite to action of any kind;lead or impel to a certain course or result:used in a variety of figurative senses: as, the smoke drove the firemen from the building;despair drove him to suicide; oppression drove them into open rebellion.
    • drive To urge; press; carry forward or effect by urgency or the presentation of motives: as, to drive home an argument; to drive business; to drive a bargain.
    • drive To force, in general; push vigorously, in a figurative sense.
    • drive To convey in a carriage or other vehicle:as, to drive a friend in tho park.
    • drive To overrun and devastate; harry.
    • drive In mining, to excavate in a nearly horizontal direction. See drift and level.
    • drive To endure.
    • drive Synonyms and See thrust.
    • drive To go along before an impelling force; be impelled; be moved by any physical force or agent: as, the ship drove before the wind.
    • drive To act or move with force, violence, or impetuosity: as, the storm drove against the house; he drove at the work night and day.
    • drive To ride on horseback.
    • drive To be conveyed in a carriage; travel in a vehicle drawn by one or more horses or other animals.
    • drive To aim or tend; make an effort to reach or obtain: with at: as, the end he was driving at.
    • drive To aim a blow; strike with force: with at.
    • drive To work with energy; labor actively: often with away.
    • drive To take the property of another; distrain for rent; drive cattle into a pound as security for rent.
    • n drive The act or result of driving; something done by means of driving. An urging or impelling forward of an assemblage of animals, of a collection of logs in a stream, etc.: as, a drive of cattle on the plains for the purpose of branding or sorting them; a drive of game for the convenience of sportsmen.
    • n drive A strong or sweeping blow or impulsion
    • n drive In type-founding, the deep impress of the steel punch or model-letter in a bar of copper. Also known as a strike or unjustified matrix. It is usually made by a quick and strong blow in cold-rolled copper. The drive, when fitted to the mold, is called a justified matrix.
    • n drive In base-ball, also in lawn-tennis, etc., the knocking or throwing of a ball very swiftly.
    • n drive Conveyance in a vehicle; an excursion or airing in a carriage: as, to take a drive.
    • n drive That which is driven; cattle, game, etc., driven together or alone.
    • n drive The state of being driven or hurried; extreme haste or pressure: as, a drive of business.
    • n drive A course upon which carriages are driven; a road prepared for driving: as, the drives in a park.
    • n drive The course or country over which game is driven.
    • n drive The selling of a particular kind of goods, as gloves, below the usual price, in order to draw customers.
    • n drive A jest or satirical remark directed at a person or thing.
    • n drive A driving mechanism, as of a motor-cycle or motor-carriage: used with some qualifying term, as a flexible drive, a gear-drive, etc.
    • n drive In lumbering: A body of logs or timbers in process of being floated from the forest to the mill or shipping-point.
    • n drive That part of logging which consists in floating logs or timbers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.
    • v.t Drive drīv to force along: to hurry one on: to guide, as horses drawing a carriage: to convey or carry in a carriage: to force in, as nails with a hammer: to push briskly: to urge, as a point of argument, a bargain, &c.: to compel: to send away with force, as a ball in cricket, golf, tennis: to chase game towards sportsmen
    • v.i Drive to press forward with violence: to be forced along, as a ship before the wind: to go in a carriage: to tend towards a point: to strike at with a sword, the fist, &c.:—pr.p. drīv′ing; pa.t. drōve; pa.p. driv′en
    • n Drive an excursion in a carriage: a road for driving on: the propelling of a ball in cricket, &c.: the chasing of game towards the shooters, or the sport so obtained, or the ground over which the game is driven: urgent pressure: pushing the sale of a special article by reduction of prices
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Drive thy business or it will drive thee.”
  • Roger Bannister
    Roger Bannister
    “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Drive slow and enjoy the scenery -- drive fast and join the scenery.”
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits for the fun of it.”
  • Russian Proverb
    Russian Proverb
    “You can't drive straight on a twisting lane.”


Drive a wedge - If you drive a wedge between people, you exploit an issue so that people start to disagree.
Drive home - The idiomatic expression 'drive home' means 'reinforce' as in 'The company offered unlimited technical support as a way to drive home the message that customer satisfaction was its highest priority.'
Drive someone up the wall - If something or someone drives you up the wall, they do something that irritates you greatly.
Drive you spare - If someone or something drives you spare, it is extremely annoying.
One nail drives out another - A new pain or problem will stop you worrying or feeling bad about something else.
Take for a test drive - If you take something for a test driver, you try something to see if you like it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. drīfan,; akin to OS. drīban, D. drijven, OHG. trīban, G. treiben, Icel. drīfa, Goth. dreiban,. Cf. Drift Drove


In literature:

Just drive up to the lodge, and when the man opens, you say 'His lordship is very late to-night.
"The Man Who Drove the Car" by Max Pemberton
Next morning the cowboys straggled in in bunches, each driving part of the stampeded herd.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Would you be so very kind as to let your chauffeur drive me home at once?
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
The settlement looked strangely desolate in the driving rain, but the small ugly houses were the last Jim's party would see for long.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
The memory of one of those men had always power to drive her to the verge of madness.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
The obvious retort of the witless was surging through his veins and driving him.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
The light was driving the white fogs into the north.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
Does driving tire you when it's cool?
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
Peter Junior, envying him, still lay convalescing and only able with much difficulty to crawl to the carriage for his daily drive.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
In this long and wonderful drive there was but one stop.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton

In poetry:

From the urchin pining
For his father's knee --
From the lattice shining,
Drive him out to sea!
"The Lee Shore" by Thomas Hood
Then open the valves - Drive the fires high,
Your blossoms nurturing.
(Day is at the gates
And a young wind…)
"The Song Of Iron" by Lola Ridge
You say that I should smile
And drive the gloom away;
I would, but sun and smiles
Have left my life's dark day.
"Worn Out" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The waves upon the shingle
They murmur drearily,
And the streamers of the fog-wraith
Drive in from the open sea.
"An Irish Song" by Clinton Scollard
You and I shall travel far,
We'll pass the old earth by,
We'll ride the moon and drive a star
Across the evening sky.
"Visiting" by John Chipman Farrar
I bear the sins of sinful men
That have no sin of my own,
They drive me forth to Heaven's wrath
Unpastured and alone.
"Beast and Man in India" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Police have charged a local woman with driving while intoxicated after she was stopped for erratic driving, authorities said.
Chandler 's presence also makes opponents reluctant to help on drives, as when Jason Kidd was able to drive unguarded to the rim because Tyler Hansbrough, who was staring at Kidd the whole way, did not want to abandon Chandler .
Carbino, 32, of Colton, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated with two previous convictions in the past ten years.
Grand Cherokee 's available four-wheel-drive systems are the Quadra-Trac, Quadra-Trac II and the top-of-the-line Quadra-Drive II with electronic limited-slip differential, which is offered only with the V-8 engine.
Watching a quick moving system drive up our temperatures today, and then drive in some thunder.
Longview, TX — Today is the donation drive for the Thanksgiving Community Food Drive.
Nov 20, 2012 1:48 pm A 53-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for fourth-offense drunken driving while she was out on bail for her third pending drunk driving charge last week.
Rick Springfield has pleaded no contest to reckless driving and will serve probation to end a drunken driving case filed after his arrest last year.
Hundreds of her fellow students took turns on Tuesday driving a texting while driving simulator aimed to steer teens away from the dangerous driving habit.
Officers are focusing on drivers who are speeding and driving recklessly along with those driving under the influence.
Authorities say that witnesses reported seeing Jarosv driving aggressively as his car approached a tractor-trailer that was also driving north.
(AP) — Ryan Crocker , the former US ambassador to Afghanistan, is pleading guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving in connection with a drunken driving accident in Spokane Valley this summer.
In recent years some have shifted into what now are called crossovers , with unit bodies like cars and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
While the PI Utility is available in both front- and all-wheel drive, the CHP requires its vehicles be rear- or all-wheel drive, so CHP cruisers will now be all-wheel drive as well.
Driving a Zamboni has to be a lot like driving the International Harvester 460 propane tractor ($4,100 new in 1963) I drove growing up on the farm to cultivate corn.

In science:

AdS or not, and has N ′ < N .3 In the field theory side this is interpreted as turning on some relevant operators that drive the initial theory to an effective IR theory via RG flow of the couplings.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Thus the randomness of the energy landscape drives a second-order transition to a first-order one.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
The superparamagnetic hypothesis looks OK (see Goodman & Whittet 1996), but the mechanism faces the problem with driving grain rotation.
Physics of Grain Alignment
It is likely that the radiative torques are still required to drive grain rotation.
Physics of Grain Alignment
Our contribution is the addition of a heat equation where the heat conduction is driving the fluid.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem