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.
1. Having great force of impulse; as, a driving wind or storm.
2. Communicating force; impelling; as, a driving shaft.
Driving axle, the axle of a driving wheel, as in a locomotive.
Driving box Locomotive, the journal box of a driving axle. See Illust. of Locomotive.
Driving note Mus., a syncopated note; a tone begun on a weak part of a measure and held through the next accented part, thus anticipating the accent and driving it through.
Driving spring, a spring fixed upon the box of the driving axle of a locomotive engine to support the weight and deaden shocks. [Eng.] --Weale.
Driving wheel Mach., a wheel that communicates motion; one of the large wheels of a locomotive to which the connecting rods of the engine are attached; -- called also, simply, driver. See Illust. of Locomotive.
1. The act of forcing or urging something along; the act of pressing or moving on furiously.
2. Tendency; drift. [R.]
adj 1: having the power of driving or impelling; "a driving
personal ambition"; "the driving force was his innate
enthusiasm"; "an impulsive force" [syn: impulsive]
2: acting with vigor; "responsibility turned the spoiled
playboy into a driving young executive"
n 1: hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; "he sliced
his drive out of bounds" [syn: drive]
2: the act of controlling and steering the movement of a
vehicle or animal