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

  • v. Past tense of drive.
  • n. A flock or herd being driven in a body.
  • n. A large mass of people moving or acting as a body.
  • n. A large body of like things. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • n. A stonemason's broad-edged chisel used for rough hewing.
  • n. A stone surface dressed with such a chisel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A number of cattle driven to market or new pastures.
  • n. A large number of people on the move (literally or figuratively).
  • n. A road or track along which cattle are habitually driven
  • v. Simple past of drive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection of cattle driven, or cattle collected for driving; a number of animals, as oxen, sheep, or swine, driven in a body.
  • n. Any collection of irrational animals, moving or driving forward.
  • n. A crowd of people in motion.
  • n. A road for driving cattle; a driftway.
  • n. A narrow drain or channel used in the irrigation of land.
  • n.
  • n. A broad chisel used to bring stone to a nearly smooth surface; -- called also drove chisel.
  • n. The grooved surface of stone finished by the drove chisel; -- called also drove work.
  • v. To drive, as cattle or sheep, esp. on long journeys; to follow the occupation of a drover.
  • v. To finish, as stone, with a drove or drove chisel.
  • of drive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preterit and obsolete and dialectal past participle of drive.
  • In masonry, to tool roughly
  • To trouble; afflict; make anxious.
  • To follow the occupation of a drover.
  • n. A number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a body; cattle driven in a herd: by extension, a collection or crowd of other animals, or of human beings, in motion.
  • n. A road or drive for sheep or cattle in droves.
  • n. A narrow channel or drain, used in the irrigation of land.
  • n. A chisel, from two to four inches broad, used in making droved work.

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

  • n. a group of animals (a herd or flock) moving together
  • n. a stonemason's chisel with a broad edge for dressing stone
  • n. a moving crowd


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

Middle English, from Old English drāf, from drīfan, to drive; see dhreibh- in Indo-European roots.


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