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

  • adj. Transmitting power or motion.
  • adj. Violent, intense, or forceful: a driving rain.
  • adj. Energetic or active: a driving personality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of drive.
  • adj. That drives (a mechanism or process).
  • adj. : That drives forcefully; strong; forceful; violent
  • n. The action of the verb to drive in any sense.
  • n. In particular, the action of operating a motor vehicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having great force of impulse.
  • adj. Communicating force; impelling.
  • n. The act of forcing or urging something along; the act of pressing or moving on furiously.
  • n. Tendency; drift.

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

  • n. the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal
  • n. hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver
  • adj. acting with vigor
  • adj. having the power of driving or impelling


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