driver

Definitions

  • "The driver heard them, and reversed his engine."
    "The driver heard them, and reversed his engine."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n driver a golf club (a wood) with a near vertical face that is used for hitting long shots from the tee
    • n driver (computer science) a program that determines how a computer will communicate with a peripheral device
    • n driver the operator of a motor vehicle
    • n driver a golfer who hits the golf ball with a driver
    • n driver someone who drives animals that pull a vehicle
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Additional illustrations & photos:

DRIVER AND BRASSY. THE STANCE DRIVER AND BRASSY. THE STANCE
DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING
DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING. FROM BEHIND DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING. FROM BEHIND
DRIVER AND BRASSY. FINISH OF THE SWING DRIVER AND BRASSY. FINISH OF THE SWING
DRIVER AND BRASSY. STANCE WHEN PLAYING FOR A SLICE DRIVER AND BRASSY. STANCE WHEN PLAYING FOR A SLICE
DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING WHEN PLAYING FOR A SLICE DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING WHEN PLAYING FOR A SLICE
DRIVER AND BRASSY. FINISH WHEN PLAYING FOR A SLICE DRIVER AND BRASSY. FINISH WHEN PLAYING FOR A SLICE
DRIVER AND BRASSY. PLAYING FOR A PULL. STANCE DRIVER AND BRASSY. PLAYING FOR A PULL. STANCE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a lifetime, the average driver will honk 15,250 times
    • Driver A cooper's hammer for driving on barrel hoops.
    • Driver (Mach) A crossbar on a grinding mill spindle to drive the upper stone.
    • Driver A mallet.
    • Driver A part that transmits motion to another part by contact with it, or through an intermediate relatively movable part, as a gear which drives another, or a lever which moves another through a link, etc. Specifically:
    • Driver A tamping iron.
    • Driver A wooden-headed golf club with a long shaft, for playing the longest strokes.
    • Driver (Mach) An attachment to a lathe, spindle, or face plate to turn a carrier.
    • Driver An implement used for driving;
    • Driver An overseer of a gang of slaves or gang of convicts at their work.
    • Driver One who, or that which, drives; the person or thing that urges or compels anything else to move onward.
    • Driver (Naut) The after sail in a ship or bark, being a fore-and-aft sail attached to a gaff; a spanker.
    • Driver (Mach) The driving wheel of a locomotive.
    • Driver The person who drives beasts or a carriage; a coachman; a charioteer, etc.; hence, also, one who controls the movements of a any vehicle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In a lifetime, an average driver will release approximately 912 pints of wind inside a car
    • n driver One who or that which drives. Specifically— One who drives animals or men. One who drives horses or cattle; a drover.
    • n driver One who drives draft-animals attached to a vehicle.
    • n driver Formerly, in the southern United States, specifically, the overseer of a gang of slaves.
    • n driver By extension, a locomotive-engineer.
    • n driver A subordinate official formerly employed in driving for rent in Ireland. See drive, v. i., 8.
    • n driver One who drives game to a hunter; in deer-hunting, one who puts the hounds on the track of the game.
    • n driver One who sets something before him as an aim or object; an aimer.
    • n driver One who drives logs down a stream.
    • n driver An energetic, pushing person.
    • n driver In the menhaden-fishery, one who drives the fish into the net by throwing stones at them from a light rowboat, a pile of stones being carried for the purpose.
    • n driver Naut.: A large sail, like a studdingsail, formerly set abaft the mizzenmast where the spanker is now set; hence, the spanker. See cut under sail.
    • n driver The foremost spur in the bulgeways.
    • n driver In mach.: A driving-wheel.
    • n driver The tread-wheel of a harvester.
    • n driver A tamping-iron, used to tamp the powder in a blast-hole.
    • n driver A curved piece of metal fixed to the center-chuck of a lathe.
    • n driver The cross-bar on the spindle of a grinding-mill.
    • n driver Same as drift, n., 11.
    • n driver A substance interposed between the driving instrument and the thing driven. A cooper drives hoops by striking upon the driver.
    • n driver In weaving, a piece of wood or other material, upon a spindle, and placed in a box, which impels the shuttle through the opening in the warp.
    • n driver A bird, the dowitcher.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1953, racecar driver Tim Flock raced at Nascar with a monkey in the seat beside him
    • ns Driver one who or that which drives, in all senses: a club used in golf to propel the ball from the teeing-ground
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Quotations

  • Dhammapada
    Dhammapada
    “He who holds back rising anger like a rolling chariot, him I call a real driver; other people are but holding the reins”
  • Changing Times
    Changing Times
    “An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won't have a hydrant beside it.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    Kin%20Hubbard
    “It seems to make an auto driver mad if he misses you.”
  • Henry Morgan
    Henry Morgan
    “A careful driver is one who honks his horn when he goes through a red light.”
  • Matthew Perry
    Matthew Perry
    “That she's the worst driver in the history of drivers. If I know she's going somewhere, I stay home. [When asked what time has taught him about Jennifer Aniston]”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If a woman driver ahead of you signals a left turn, be careful, she may turn left.”

Idioms

Backseat driver - A backseat driver is an annoying person who is fond of giving advice to the person performing a task or doing something, especially when the advice is either wrong or unwelcome.
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In the driver's seat - If you are in the driver's seat, you are in charge of something or in control of a situation.
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Slave driver - If someone is a slave driver they work you very hard, often with unreal expectations of what you can achieve.
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Sunday driver - A Sunday driver drives very slowly and makes unexpected manoeuvres.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Drive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S drífan, to drive; Ger. treiben, to push.

Usage

In literature:

Further up is a cluster of wine-carts, with still more curious horses and drivers.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
After engaging another driver, the timber, iron, a billiard table and some stores were duly loaded and despatched.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
With some really steady training and practice you could undoubtedly become one of our few fine drivers.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
The driver closed the door when I had taken my seat, mounted his box, and drove off.
"Seek and Find" by Oliver Optic
All fear him and his "nigger-driver," as the ruffian Larkin is called.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
But when the train came, the engine-driver put them all in the shade, and I was resolved to be a engine-driver.
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
My Grandfather, Rodrick Rutledge, driver from a boy.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
There was also the driver and M.'s luggage.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
The solemn face of the driver did not lessen his discomfiture.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh
Oh, he can yell at his drivers.
"The Weakling" by Everett B. Cole
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In poetry:

But not until I saw, as in a land
Misty with whirling steam,
Driver and stoker on the footplate stand
Ghost-like as in a dream.
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson
It is a thing some horses do
Until the driver makes them rue
Their fits of temper. Then they say
That kicking doesn't seem to pay.
"Kicking" by Mary Tourtel
Striving to reach that flat-topped hill,
My steeds, worn out, relaxed their strain;
My driver also sank oppressed:--
I'll never see my lord again!
"Lamenting The Absence Of A Cherished Friend" by Confucius
"Do they miss me at home—do they miss me?"
The driver his lash used to ply,
As the blood trickl'd down from my shoulders
The flesh from my body would fly.
"Do They Miss Me? A Parody" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Three sweet drivers hold the reins,
And hold the places of my heart.
A great people obeys me,
But these three obey me not.
Am I then a lesser king than love?
"Three Queens" by Edward Powys Mathers
Here she is, coming round the curve,
Sudden and swift, and with never a swerve;
And a whirl of smoke that you scarce can see,
The driver waving his hand at me.
"Old Wylie's Stone" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Leo Burns did it Monday night — at 97, the Albion, Ill. Harness racing driver became the oldest known winning driver in the sport.
Reckless moped drivers and at least one instance where a driver was transporting drugs have Roanoke County leaders considering an ordinance requiring moped riders wear helmets .
"The driver of the truck pulled out a knife, cut the homeowners face, and then the homeowner had a gun on him so he actually shot the driver of the vehicle," Sgt Dobyns said.
Drivers who have won three or more successive drivers' titles.
Canadian police credit a quick-thinking, selfless Hummer driver with preventing tragedy by placing himself between a distracted driver and four kids in a crosswalk.
JOHNSTOWN -City police said a Gloversville driver was ticketed Sunday on six charges after he chased another driver and hit her vehicle, then struck a fire hydrant and damaged a resident's lawn, fence and parked vehicle.
Being a safe driver in winter-weather conditions means reviewing some of the basics you learned in driver's ed classes.
Incoming state Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis has proposed a law allowing driver privilege cards for illegal immigrants and others hoping to bypass the stricter requirements of a driver's license.
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced that the NI Instrument Driver Network (IDNet) has reached a new milestone of 10,000 instrument drivers for automating stand-alone instrumentation .
It's not hockey yet, but driver-on-driver NASCAR squabbles seem to be popping up more and more on the track and in the garage.
As both drivers discussed their day, Johnson 's championship celebration was shown overhead and both drivers watched portions of the presentation.
For Mt Juliet residents, the closest place to renew a driver's license or get a duplicate license has been at the Lebanon driver service center.
New research finds that high drivers are twice as likely to cause a fatal crash as sober drivers.
A Minneapolis limousine driver remained hospitalized Saturday after two men trying to steal the limo shot the driver in the back Friday night.
The company gives out free smartphones as well as the driver app to licensed cab drivers, and passengers use a different version to summon taxis.
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In science:

It is of interest that similar potential can be indeed found when studying the reaction of driver on the traffic situation.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles
Three real drivers have also been used in various models: stellar ionization heating, rotational shear, and supernovae.
The Dynamical Interstellar Medium: Insights from Numerical Models
Algebraic shifts— Finally, we consider a simulation using 1+log slicing and a Gamma driver shift with k = 0.1.
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity
Some verbs imply multiple events, e.g. “red´emarrer” (“to get driving again”) that indicates that the driver stopped beforehand.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
These two parameters are the main drivers of disk evolution.
The Milky Way and the evolution of disk galaxies
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