Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense of drive.
  • n. A flock or herd being driven in a body.
  • n. A large mass of people moving or acting as a body.
  • n. A large body of like things. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • n. A stonemason's broad-edged chisel used for rough hewing.
  • n. A stone surface dressed with such a chisel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A number of cattle driven to market or new pastures.
  • n. A large number of people on the move (literally or figuratively).
  • n. A road or track along which cattle are habitually driven
  • v. Simple past of drive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • of drive.
  • n. A collection of cattle driven, or cattle collected for driving; a number of animals, as oxen, sheep, or swine, driven in a body.
  • n. Any collection of irrational animals, moving or driving forward.
  • n. A crowd of people in motion.
  • n. A road for driving cattle; a driftway.
  • n. A narrow drain or channel used in the irrigation of land.
  • n.
  • n. A broad chisel used to bring stone to a nearly smooth surface; -- called also drove chisel.
  • n. The grooved surface of stone finished by the drove chisel; -- called also drove work.
  • v. To drive, as cattle or sheep, esp. on long journeys; to follow the occupation of a drover.
  • v. To finish, as stone, with a drove or drove chisel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preterit and obsolete and dialectal past participle of drive.
  • n. A number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a body; cattle driven in a herd: by extension, a collection or crowd of other animals, or of human beings, in motion.
  • n. A road or drive for sheep or cattle in droves.
  • n. A narrow channel or drain, used in the irrigation of land.
  • In masonry, to tool roughly
  • n. A chisel, from two to four inches broad, used in making droved work.
  • To trouble; afflict; make anxious.
  • To follow the occupation of a drover.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of animals (a herd or flock) moving together
  • n. a stonemason's chisel with a broad edge for dressing stone
  • n. a moving crowd

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English drāf, from drīfan, to drive; see dhreibh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • And we drove from the Vaucluse all the way to Croatia.

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  • Here we see the same thing over and over again with republicans siding with big corporation, wall street, hedge fund managers, with the status quo that almost drove is to the cliff.

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  • Repairing the damage of the 111th Congress will take years, and perhaps decades, but the first step is ousting the liberals who once again drove their party off a cliff.

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  • Note: I finally quit using the turn-by-turn voice and drove from the display.

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  • Forecasters warned of the danger of flash floods as rain drove across the densely populated East Coast cities with buffeting winds on a drive to New England.

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