Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that drives, as the operator of a motor vehicle.
  • noun A tool, such as a screwdriver or hammer, that is used for imparting forceful pressure on another object.
  • noun A machine part that transmits motion or power to another part.
  • noun A piece of software that enables a computer to communicate with a specific hardware device.
  • noun A golf club with a wide head and a long shaft, used for making long shots from the tee.
  • noun Nautical A jib-headed spanker.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which drives.
  • noun One who drives draft-animals attached to a vehicle.
  • noun Formerly, in the southern United States, specifically, the overseer of a gang of slaves.
  • noun By extension, a locomotive-engineer.
  • noun A subordinate official formerly employed in driving for rent in Ireland. See drive, v. i., 8.
  • noun One who drives game to a hunter; in deer-hunting, one who puts the hounds on the track of the game.
  • noun One who sets something before him as an aim or object; an aimer.
  • noun One who drives logs down a stream.
  • noun An energetic, pushing person.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The foremost spur in the bulgeways.
  • noun In mach.: A driving-wheel.
  • noun The tread-wheel of a harvester.
  • noun A tamping-iron, used to tamp the powder in a blast-hole.
  • noun A curved piece of metal fixed to the center-chuck of a lathe.
  • noun The cross-bar on the spindle of a grinding-mill.
  • noun Same as drift, n., 11.
  • noun A substance interposed between the driving instrument and the thing driven. A cooper drives hoops by striking upon the driver.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A bird, the dowitcher.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, drives; the person or thing that urges or compels anything else to move onward.
  • noun The person who drives beasts or a carriage; a coachman; a charioteer, etc.; hence, also, one who controls the movements of a any vehicle.
  • noun An overseer of a gang of slaves or gang of convicts at their work.
  • noun (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
  • noun The driving wheel of a locomotive.
  • noun An attachment to a lathe, spindle, or face plate to turn a carrier.
  • noun A crossbar on a grinding mill spindle to drive the upper stone.
  • noun (Naut.) The after sail in a ship or bark, being a fore-and-aft sail attached to a gaff; a spanker.
  • noun An implement used for driving
  • noun A mallet.
  • noun A tamping iron.
  • noun A cooper's hammer for driving on barrel hoops.
  • noun A wooden-headed golf club with a long shaft, for playing the longest strokes.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a species of African stinging ant; one of the visiting ants (Anomma arcens); -- so called because they move about in vast armies, and drive away or devour all insects and other small animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who drives something, in any sense of the verb to drive.
  • noun Something that drives something, in any sense of the verb to drive.
  • noun A person who drives a motorized vehicle such as a car or a bus.
  • noun A person who drives some other vehicle.
  • noun computing a program that acts as an interface between an application and hardware, written specifically for the device it controls.
  • noun golf A golf club used to drive the ball a great distance.
  • noun 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.

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

  • noun (computer science) a program that determines how a computer will communicate with a peripheral device

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English

Examples

  • "I was not _with_ the driver, I _was the driver_ and I had the honor of receiving five francs from my distinguished associate."

    Through the Wall

  • The Sprinter is also available in an extended chassis version which takes 21 passengers (20+ driver) and panel van (goods space + driver+ two passenger seats, is not new to the global market, having been doing well in many countries where it is used for varied purposes.

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  • 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.

    Misuse of handicapped parking placards is widespread

  • In my opinion they are no more a hunter then a driver is a drunk driver.

    107 hunters charged in NY

  • 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.

    Christine Negroni: The Not-So-Hilarious World of Helicopter EMS

  • 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.

    Misuse of handicapped parking placards is widespread

  • This driver is the choice of golf Legend Gary Player.

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  • In my opinion they are no more a hunter then a driver is a drunk driver.

    107 hunters charged in NY

  • … 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

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  • 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.

    Misuse of handicapped parking placards is widespread

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  • "Fangio, my driver, hammered the Mercedes limo down the narrow road that winds along the Amalfi Coast. In hindsight, hiring a driver in a country where there are only two speeds - fast and Jesus-are-you-f---ing-nuts! - was always going to be a risky proposition."

    - Stephen Lacey, Lost for words in lingo limbo, theage.com.au, 28 June 2009.

    July 2, 2009