Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. a program that acts as an interface between an application and hardware, written specifically for the device it controls.
  • n. A golf club used to drive the ball a great distance.
  • n. a kind of sail, smaller than a fore and aft spanker on a square-rigged ship, a driver is tied to the same spars.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. 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. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which drives.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

From Middle English (Wiktionary)

Examples

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