- The definition of a drove is a group of people or farm animals that is moving together.
An example of a drove is the group of people leaving a stadium after a football game.
- Drove is defined as something has been driven, pushed or moved forward.
An example of drove is a car that's been driven from one place to another.
- a number of cattle, hogs, sheep, etc. driven or moving along as a group; flock; herd
- a moving crowd of people: usually used in pl.
Origin of droveMiddle English ; from Old English draf ; from drifan, drive
- a. A flock or herd being driven in a body.b. often droves A large mass of people moving or acting as a body: people moving through the streets in droves.
- a. A stonemason's broad-edged chisel used for rough hewing.b. A stone surface dressed with such a chisel.
Origin of droveMiddle English, from Old English drāf, from drīfan, to drive; see dhreibh- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English drove, drof, draf, from Old English drāf (“action of driving; a driving out, expulsion; drove, herd, band; company, band; road along which cattle are driven”), from Proto-Germanic *draibō (“a drive, push, movement, drove”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreibʰ- (“to drive, push”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“cloudy, dirty, muddy”). Cognate with Scots drave, dreef (“drove, crowd”), Dutch dreef (“a walkway, wide road with trees, drove”), Middle High German treip (“a drove”), Swedish drev (“a drive, drove”), Icelandic dreif (“a scattering, distribution”). More at drive.
(third-person singular simple present droves, present participle droving, simple past and past participle droved)
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