Trees being battered by a driving rain.
- transmitting force or motion
- moving with force and violence: a driving rain
- vigorous; energetic: a driving jazz solo
- Transmitting power or motion.
- Violent, intense, or forceful: a driving rain.
- Energetic or active: a driving personality.
- Present participle of drive.
(comparative more driving, superlative most driving)
Variant of drive
transitive verbdrove, driven, driving
- to force to go; urge onward; push forward
- to force into or from a state or act: driven mad
- to force to work, usually to excess
- to force by or as by a blow, thrust, or stroke
- to throw, hit, or cast hard and swiftly
- Golf to hit from the tee, usually with a driver
- to cause to go through; make penetrate
- to make or produce by penetrating: to drive a hole through metal
- to control the movement or direct the course of (an automobile, horse and wagon, locomotive, etc.)
- to transport in an automobile or other vehicle
- to impel or propel as motive power; set or keep going; cause to function: a gasoline engine drives the motorboat
- to compel, motivate, influence, direct, etc.: the investigation is driven by political rivalry
- to carry on with vigor; push (a bargain, etc.) through
- to chase (game) from thickets into the clear or into nets, traps, etc.
- to cover (an area) in this way
Origin of driveMiddle English driven ; from Old English drifan, akin to Gothic dreiban, German treiben, Old Norse drīfa ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhreibh-, to push
- to advance violently; dash
- to work or try hard, as to reach a goal
- to drive a blow, ball, missile, etc.
- to be driven; operate: said of a motor vehicle
- to go or be conveyed in a vehicle
- to operate a motor vehicle
- the act of driving
- a trip in a vehicle
- a road for automobiles, etc.
- a driveway
- a rounding up or moving of animals on foot for branding, slaughter, etc.
- the animals rounded up or moved
- a hard, swift blow, thrust, etc., as of a ball in a game
- Golf a shot from the tee, usually with a driver
- an organized movement to achieve some purpose; campaign
- a large-scale military offensive to gain an objective
- Football a series of plays that advances the ball toward the opponent's goal, usually resulting in a field goal or touchdown
- ☆ the power or energy to get things done; enthusiastic or aggressive vigor
- that which is urgent or pressing; pressure
- ☆ a collection of logs being floated down a river to a sawmill
- any apparatus that transmits power in a motor vehicle: a gear drive
- that arrangement in an automatic transmission of a motor vehicle which allows movement forward at varying speeds
- a device that communicates motion to a machine or machine part
- Comput. a unit that reads and writes data on magnetic tape, a disk, etc.
- Psychol. any of the basic biological impulses or urges, such as self-preservation, hunger, sex, etc.
- to aim at
- to mean; intend
- to force in, as by a blow
- ☆ Baseball to cause (a runner) to score or (a run) to be scored, as by getting a hit