1. One who, or that which, drives; the person or thing that urges or compels anything else to move onward.
2. The person who drives beasts or a carriage; a coachman; a charioteer, etc.; hence, also, one who controls the movements of a any vehicle.
3. An overseer of a gang of slaves or gang of convicts at their work.
4. 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:
(a) The driving wheel of a locomotive. (b) An attachment to a lathe, spindle, or face plate to turn a carrier. (c) A crossbar on a grinding mill spindle to drive the upper stone.
5. Naut. The after sail in a ship or bark, being a fore-and-aft sail attached to a gaff; a spanker.
6. An implement used for driving; as: (a) A mallet. (b) A tamping iron. (c) A cooper's hammer for driving on barrel hoops. (d) A wooden-headed golf club with a long shaft, for playing the longest strokes.
Driver ant Zool., 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.
n 1: the operator of a motor vehicle [ant: nondriver]
2: someone who drives animals that pull a vehicle
3: a golfer who hits the golf ball with a driver
4: (computer science) a program that determines how a computer
will communicate with a peripheral device [syn: device
5: a golf club (a wood) with a near vertical face that is used
for hitting long shots from the tee [syn: number one wood]