Drive v. t. [imp. Drove formerly Drave (drāv); p. p. Driven p. pr. & vb. n. Driving.]
1. To impel or urge onward by force in a direction away from one, or along before one; to push forward; to compel to move on; to communicate motion to; as, to drive cattle; to drive a nail; smoke drives persons from a room.
A storm came on and drove them into Pylos. --Jowett (Thucyd. ).
Shield pressed on shield, and man drove man along. --Pope.
Go drive the deer and drag the finny prey. --Pope.
2. To urge on and direct the motions of, as the beasts which draw a vehicle, or the vehicle borne by them; hence, also, to take in a carriage; to convey in a vehicle drawn by beasts; as, to drive a pair of horses or a stage; to drive a person to his own door.
How . . . proud he was to drive such a brother! --Thackeray.
3. To urge, impel, or hurry forward; to force; to constrain; to urge, press, or bring to a point or state; as, to drive a person by necessity, by persuasion, by force of circumstances, by argument, and the like. “ Enough to drive one mad.”
He, driven to dismount, threatened, if I did not do the like, to do as much for my horse as fortune had done for his. --Sir P. Sidney.
4. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute. [Now used only colloquially.]
The trade of life can not be driven without partners. --Collier.
5. To clear, by forcing away what is contained.
To drive the country, force the swains away. --Dryden.
6. Mining To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel.
7. To pass away; -- said of time. [Obs.]
8. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel (the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw.
Driv·en p. p. of Drive. Also adj.
Driven well, a well made by driving a tube into the earth to an aqueous stratum; -- called also drive well.
n 1: the act of applying force to propel something; "after
reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
[syn: thrust, driving force]
2: a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a
machine; "a variable speed drive permitted operation
through a range of speeds"
3: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward
a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they
worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready
for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end
slavery"; "contributed to the war effort" [syn: campaign,
cause, crusade, movement, effort]
4: a road leading up to a private house; "they parked in the
driveway" [syn: driveway, private road]
5: the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy
exhausted his co-workers"
6: hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; "he sliced
his drive out of bounds" [syn: driving]
7: the act of driving a herd of animals overland
8: a journey in a vehicle driven by someone else; "he took the
family for a drive in his new car" [syn: ride]
9: a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or
10: (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads
data from a storage medium
11: a wide scenic road planted with trees; "the riverside drive
offers many exciting scenic views" [syn: parkway]
12: (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
v 1: operate or control a vehicle; "drive a car or bus"; "Can you
drive this four-wheel truck?"
2: travel or be transported in a vehicle; "We drove to the
university every morning"; "They motored to London for the
theater" [syn: motor]
3: cause someone or something to move by driving; "She drove me
to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"
4: force into or from an action or state, either physically or
metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He
drives me mad" [syn: force, ram]
5: to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive
pressure on, or motivate strongly; "She is driven by her
6: cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy";
"push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
[syn: repel, repulse, force back, push back, beat
back] [ant: attract]
7: compel somebody to do something, often against his own will
or judgment; "She finally drove him to change jobs"
8: push, propel, or press with force; "Drive a nail into the
9: cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force;
"drive the ball far out into the field"
10: strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for
years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little
to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her
doctoral thesis" [syn: tug, labor, labour, push]
11: move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you
driving at?" [syn: get, aim]
12: have certain properties when driven; "This car rides
smoothly"; "My new truck drives well" [syn: ride]
13: work as a driver; "He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for
the taxi company in Newark"
14: move by being propelled by a force; "The car drove around
15: urge forward; "drive the cows into the barn"
16: proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work"
17: strike with a driver, as in teeing off; "drive a golfball"
18: hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging more or
less vertically; "drive a ball"
19: excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"
20: cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by
controlling; "The amplifier drives the tube"; "steam
drives the engines"; "this device drives the disks for
21: hunting: search for game; "drive the forest"
22: hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; "drive the
[also: drove, driven]
adj 1: compelled forcibly by an outside agency; "mobs goaded by
blind hatred" [syn: goaded]
2: urged or forced to action through moral pressure; "felt
impelled to take a stand against the issue" [syn: impelled]
3: strongly motivated to succeed [syn: compulsive, determined]