- a person who drives; specif.,
- one who drives an automobile, team of horses, etc.
- one who herds cattle
- a thing that drives; specif.,
- a mallet, hammer, etc.
- Golf a wood with little loft, used in hitting a ball from the teealso called number one wood
- any machine part that communicates motion to another part
- Comput. a program designed to enable a computer to control the operation of a peripheral: a printer driver
the driver's seat
- One that drives, as the operator of a motor vehicle.
- A tool, such as a screwdriver or hammer, that is used for imparting forceful pressure on another object.
- A machine part that transmits motion or power to another part.
- A piece of software that enables a computer to communicate with a specific hardware device. Also called device driver.
- A golf club with a wide head and a long shaft, used for making long shots from the tee.
- Nautical A jib-headed spanker.
- A surname.
driver - Computer Definition
A hardware device or software program that operates, controls, or regulates another device or network element. A line driver, for example, converts a digital electrical signal into a low voltage, low impedance signal that can travel longer distances over a dedicated copper circuit. A software driver is a device-specific program that controls the operation of a peripheral device, such as a monitor or printer. As a separate software program, a driver relieves the computer operating system (OS) of the burden of dealing with mundane, device-specific tasks. See also hardware, OS, program, and software.
(1) A loudspeaker. The terms "driver" and "speaker" are used synonymously; however, "the speaker has four drivers" means that the speaker enclosure contains four speakers.
(2) A hardware device (typically a transistor) that provides a signal or current to trigger some function. See line driver.
(3) Also called a "device driver," it is a program routine that links the operating system to a peripheral device. Written by programmers who understand the peripheral hardware's command language and characteristics, the driver contains the precise machine language necessary to perform the functions requested by the application. The Driver Is the Interface When a new peripheral device is added to the computer, such as a graphics card, its driver must be installed in order to use it. The application calls the operating system, the operating system calls the driver, and the driver makes the device work (it "drives" the device). Routines that perform internal functions, such as memory managers and disk caches, are also drivers. Drivers Can Drive You Crazy! Sometimes, the solution to a problem is to update a driver, because the current version has bugs. Hardware vendors are always releasing newer versions. For example, everything you see on screen is the result of the display driver (video driver) drawing the screen according to the commands that the operating system issues to it. Such drivers are extremely complex and can be error prone. There Used to Be More Drivers In the "old" days of DOS PCs, in order to provide complete control over the printing of a document, software applications included a driver for each of the popular printers. With Windows and Mac, the printer driver is installed into the operating system, not into each application. All applications print through the OS, which commands the printer via the one driver for that printer. See filter driver and driver signing.