American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that drives, as the operator of a motor vehicle.
- n. A tool, such as a screwdriver or hammer, that is used for imparting forceful pressure on another object.
- n. A machine part that transmits motion or power to another part.
- n. Computer Science A piece of software that enables a computer to communicate with a peripheral device.
- n. Sports A golf club with a wide head and a long shaft, used for making long shots from the tee.
- n. Nautical A jib-headed spanker.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which drives. Specifically— One who drives animals or men. One who drives horses or cattle; a drover.
- n. One who drives draft-animals attached to a vehicle.
- n. Formerly, in the southern United States, specifically, the overseer of a gang of slaves.
- n. By extension, a locomotive-engineer.
- n. A subordinate official formerly employed in driving for rent in Ireland. See drive, v. i., 8.
- n. One who drives game to a hunter; in deer-hunting, one who puts the hounds on the track of the game.
- n. One who sets something before him as an aim or object; an aimer.
- n. One who drives logs down a stream.
- n. An energetic, pushing person.
- n. 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. 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. The foremost spur in the bulgeways.
- n. In mach.: A driving-wheel.
- n. The tread-wheel of a harvester.
- n. A tamping-iron, used to tamp the powder in a blast-hole.
- n. A curved piece of metal fixed to the center-chuck of a lathe.
- n. The cross-bar on the spindle of a grinding-mill.
- n. Same as drift, n., 11.
- n. A substance interposed between the driving instrument and the thing driven. A cooper drives hoops by striking upon the driver.
- n. 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. A bird, the dowitcher.
- n. One who drives something, in any sense of the verb to drive.
- n. Something that drives something, in any sense of the verb to drive.
- n. A person who drives a motorized vehicle such as a car or a bus.
- n. A person who drives some other vehicle.
- n. computing a program that acts as an interface between an application and hardware, written specifically for the device it controls.
- n. golf A golf club used to drive the ball a great distance.
- n. nautical a kind of sail, smaller than a fore and aft spanker on a square-rigged ship, a driver is tied to the same spars.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, drives; the person or thing that urges or compels anything else to move onward.
- n. The person who drives beasts or a carriage; a coachman; a charioteer, etc.; hence, also, one who controls the movements of a any vehicle.
- n. An overseer of a gang of slaves or gang of convicts at their work.
- n. (Mach.) 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
- n. The driving wheel of a locomotive.
- n. An attachment to a lathe, spindle, or face plate to turn a carrier.
- n. A crossbar on a grinding mill spindle to drive the upper stone.
- n. (Naut.) The after sail in a ship or bark, being a fore-and-aft sail attached to a gaff; a spanker.
- n. An implement used for driving
- n. A mallet.
- n. A tamping iron.
- n. A cooper's hammer for driving on barrel hoops.
- n. A wooden-headed golf club with a long shaft, for playing the longest strokes.
- n. (computer science) a program that determines how a computer will communicate with a peripheral device
- n. a golfer who hits the golf ball with a driver
- n. the operator of a motor vehicle
- n. someone who drives animals that pull a vehicle
- n. a golf club (a wood) with a near vertical face that is used for hitting long shots from the tee
- From Middle English (Wiktionary)
“I was not _with_ the driver, I _was the driver_ and I had the honor of receiving five francs from my distinguished associate.”
“… By the way, any more than 4 bumper-stickers on the rear of a car, van or truck, and the driver is a tad nuts! datingjesus”
“This driver is the choice of golf Legend Gary Player.”
“In my opinion they are no more a hunter then a driver is a drunk driver.”
“While Maryland requires anyone with a placard to carry a copy of their medical certification and Virginia issues a special ID card with each placard, police and parking enforcement officers generally don't have access to records that would let them check if a driver is approved for parking privileges.”
“No amount of eye rolling or shoulder shrugging can change their minds, and so whiplash collar firmly around her neck, and safely secured to a stretcher, the driver is airlifted from the highway to the hospital -- across the street from the accident site.”
“Japanese scientists are working on a car seat which can detect when a driver is about to fall asleep at the wheel.”
“In other data from a group called the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), they concluded that: ... the least-safe small cars are at least 90% more dangerous than midsize and full-size cars, meaning the driver is almost twice as likely to be killed.”
“Oh, one bit of drama: the driver is asleep at the dead man's switch.”
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