driving force

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n driving force the act of applying force to propel something "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
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Quotations

  • Dylan Thomas
    Dylan Thomas
    “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower. Drives my green age that blasts the roots of trees is my destroyer.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Need is the driving force, Need makes people better -- luck only makes them worse.”

Usage

In literature:

This fine force, supported by whites and Maxims, was counted on to retrieve the situation and drive Mataafa from his mountain stronghold.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
He drives me on, so that I almost feel that I shall be forced to quarrel with him.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
I am going, and this is the driving force to carry me there.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The force which drove life onwards from the start drives it still to-day.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Slowly, and only by forcing a way with the bonnet of the automobile, could the police drive a lane through the cheerful mass.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
That gesture had become a driving force in Mary-Clare's life.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
But no man could work as hard as Smithers did without some powerful driving-force.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
A cognitive faculty without the dynamic of the volitional would be a machine without driving force.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
His tireless driving force was precisely the asset the company now most needed.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
The silent engines betrayed no hint of their power, though breathing a force to drive a vessel five times as large.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
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In poetry:

'As the white-foaming billows arise,
I reflect on the days that are past,
When the pride of my strength could despise
The keen-driving force of the blast.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
Whene'er he seeks to drive thee to despair,
He thinks to force thee to the realms below,
Where bloody Cain, and Saul, and Judas are,
Though thou the truest penitence shou'dst show.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.
"The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower" by Dylan Thomas
The force that drives the water through the rocks
Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams
Turns mine to wax.
And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins
How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.
"The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower" by Dylan Thomas
If this presumptuous seems, God, may I be forgiven.
For what I want to say to you is this:
my efforts shall be like a driving force,
quite without anger, without timidness
as little children show their love for you.
"Dedication" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Shipwreck'd, in vain to Land I make;
While Love and Fate still drive Me back:
Forc'd to doat on Thee thy own Way,
I chide Thee first, and then obey:
Wretched when from Thee, vex'd when nigh,
I with Thee, or without Thee, die.
"The Lady's Looking-Glass" by Matthew Prior

In news:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Access to college has been the driving force in federal higher education policy for decades.
A woman in the US who was caught on camera driving on a pavement to avoid a school bus that was unloading children has been forced to stand in the cold at an intersection holding a sign warning people about idiots .
Lisa Randall explains the latest developments in physics that have the potential to radically change our understanding of the world—its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive it.
There are many billionaires in Canada, but only one of them has emerged as a driving force behind Canadian efforts regarding two of the most important natural resources in the country: oil and hockey.
Face of Essence Exits Susan L Taylor, considered the driving force behind Essence magazine, has left the publication after 37 years to focus on an organization she founded for troubled children, Essence Cares.
A Salt Lake County man shot in the arm when he attempted to drive away from police during a 2007 traffic stop has lost his bid to hold Salt Lake County responsible for the unjustified use of force.
The Israel Defense Forces didn't just kill Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari on Wednesday as he was driving his car down the street in Gaza.
MOUNT LAUREL — A rear window was forced open and about $9,000 in cash and jewelry was stolen from a home on Knotty Oak Drive in the Timbercrest development between Sept 26 and Monday, police said Wednesday.
That is the driving force behind journalist Lisa Ling 's reporting—for National Geographic's Explorer, for ABC's Nightline, and now for Our America, her new TV show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Consumer spending is the economy's driving force, no question about it.
ASC at NJCU is also fortunate in its choice of Lady Macbeth , the driving force behind Macbeth 's rise to power.
Maria-Gaetana Matisse , widow of the art dealer Pierre Matisse and a driving force behind the foundation that donated his vast personal archive to the Pierpont Morgan Library, died on April 7 in Manhattan.
Medical marijuana advocates, failing in a petition drive to force a ballot measure to overturn a Sacramento County dispensary ban, appealed Tuesday to supervisors to reconsider their refusal to permit cannabis outlets.
Correction to This Article An April 17 article about economic forces driving migration from Mexico gave incorrect figures on the country's gross domestic product.
Behind each marathoner there's a driving force keeping them running to the finish line.
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In science:

The driving force of the instability is negative effective lateral compressibility of the gas .
Symmetry breaking and coarsening of clusters in a prototypical driven granular gas
Driving with small amplitude is also termed driving or forcing with small gain.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
While tidal forces can drive gas out of spiral galaxies, they act on stars in the same way, such that it is difficult to imagine how a bridge with so much gas but no stars could have been formed by tidal forces alone.
Colliding molecular clouds in head-on galaxy collisions
For positive ∂t (Φ + Ω) the term has the form of a viscous damping force although for negative ∂t (Φ + Ω) it is rather a velocity proportional driving force.
Generalizing Optical Geometry
The first term on the right hand side of eq. (16) is the net driving force, that is the gravitational force less the frictional resistance to flow, and is independent of the flow velocity ( ¯u).
Surface Granular flows: Two Related Examples
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