1. the act of applying force to propel something;
- Example: "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
[syn: drive, thrust, driving force]
2. a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine;
- Example: "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
3. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end;
- Example: "he supported populist campaigns"
- Example: "they worked in the cause of world peace"
- Example: "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"
- Example: "the movement to end slavery"
- Example: "contributed to the war effort"
[syn: campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort]
4. a road leading up to a private house;
- Example: "they parked in the driveway"
[syn: driveway, drive, private road]
5. the trait of being highly motivated;
- Example: "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
6. hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver;
- Example: "he sliced his drive out of bounds"
[syn: drive, driving]
7. the act of driving a herd of animals overland;
8. a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile);
- Example: "he took the family for a drive in his new car"
[syn: drive, ride]
9. a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire;
10. (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium;
11. a wide scenic road planted with trees;
- Example: "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"
[syn: drive, parkway]
12. (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash);
1. operate or control a vehicle;
- Example: "drive a car or bus"
- Example: "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
2. travel or be transported in a vehicle;
- Example: "We drove to the university every morning"
- Example: "They motored to London for the theater"
[syn: drive, motor]
3. cause someone or something to move by driving;
- Example: "She drove me to school every day"
- Example: "We drove the car to the garage"
4. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically;
- Example: "She rammed her mind into focus"
- Example: "He drives me mad"
[syn: force, drive, ram]
5. to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly;
- Example: "She is driven by her passion"
6. cause to move back by force or influence;
- Example: "repel the enemy"
- Example: "push back the urge to smoke"
- Example: "beat back the invaders"
[syn: repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back]
7. compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment;
- Example: "She finally drove him to change jobs"
8. push, propel, or press with force;
- Example: "Drive a nail into the wall"
9. cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force;
- Example: "drive the ball far out into the field"
10. strive and make an effort to reach a goal;
- Example: "She tugged for years to make a decent living"
- Example: "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"
- Example: "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
[syn: tug, labor, labour, push, drive]
11. move into a desired direction of discourse;
- Example: "What are you driving at?"
[syn: drive, get, aim]
12. have certain properties when driven;
- Example: "This car rides smoothly"
- Example: "My new truck drives well"
[syn: drive, ride]
13. work as a driver;
- Example: "He drives a bread truck"
- Example: "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
14. move by being propelled by a force;
- Example: "The car drove around the corner"
15. urge forward;
- Example: "drive the cows into the barn"
16. proceed along in a vehicle;
- Example: "We drive the turnpike to work"
[syn: drive, take]
17. strike with a driver, as in teeing off;
- Example: "drive a golf ball"
18. hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally;
- Example: "drive a ball"
19. excavate horizontally;
- Example: "drive a tunnel"
20. cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling;
- Example: "The amplifier drives the tube"
- Example: "steam drives the engines"
- Example: "this device drives the disks for the computer"
21. hunting: search for game;
- Example: "drive the forest"
22. hunting: chase from cover into more open ground;
- Example: "drive the game"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drive \Drive\ (dr[imac]v), v. t. [imp. Drove (dr[=o]v), formerly Drave (dr[=a]v); p. p. Driven (dr[i^]v'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Driving.] [AS. dr[imac]fan; akin to OS. dr[imac]ban, D. drijven, OHG. tr[imac]ban, G. treiben, Icel. dr[imac]fa, Goth. dreiban. Cf. Drift, Drove.] 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. [1913 Webster] A storm came on and drove them into Pylos. --Jowett (Thucyd. ). [1913 Webster] Shield pressed on shield, and man drove man along. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Go drive the deer and drag the finny prey. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] How . . . proud he was to drive such a brother! --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 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." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 4. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute. [Now used only colloquially.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster] The trade of life can not be driven without partners. --Collier. [1913 Webster] 5. To clear, by forcing away what is contained. [1913 Webster] To drive the country, force the swains away. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 6. (Mining) To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel. --Tomlinson. [1913 Webster] 7. To pass away; -- said of time. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 8. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel (the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 9. to operate (a vehicle) while it is on motion, by manipulating the controls, such as the steering, propulsion, and braking mechanisms. [PJC]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drive \Drive\, n. 1. In various games, as tennis, cricket, etc., the act of player who drives the ball; the stroke or blow; the flight of the ball, etc., so driven. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Golf) A stroke from the tee, generally a full shot made with a driver; also, the distance covered by such a stroke. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Note: Drive, in all its senses, implies forcible or violent action. It is the reverse of to lead. To drive a body is to move it by applying a force behind; to lead is to cause to move by applying the force before, or in front. It takes a variety of meanings, according to the objects by which it is followed; as, to drive an engine, to direct and regulate its motions; to drive logs, to keep them in the current of a river and direct them in their course; to drive feathers or down, to place them in a machine, which, by a current of air, drives off the lightest to one end, and collects them by themselves. "My thrice-driven bed of down." --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drive \Drive\, v. i. 1. To rush and press with violence; to move furiously. [1913 Webster] Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Under cover of the night and a driving tempest. --Prescott. [1913 Webster] Time driveth onward fast, And in a little while our lips are dumb. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; to be driven. [1913 Webster] The hull drives on, though mast and sail be torn. --Byron. [1913 Webster] The chaise drives to Mr. Draper's chambers. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 3. To go by carriage; to pass in a carriage; to proceed by directing or urging on a vehicle or the animals that draw it; as, the coachman drove to my door. [1913 Webster] 4. To press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an effort; to strive; -- usually with at. [1913 Webster] Let them therefore declare what carnal or secular interest he drove at. --South. [1913 Webster] 5. To distrain for rent. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 6. (Golf) To make a drive, or stroke from the tee. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 7. to go from one place to another in a vehicle, serving as the operator of the vehicle; to drive a vehicle from one location to another. He drove from New York to Boston in four hours. [PJC] To let drive, to aim a blow; to strike with force; to attack. "Four rogues in buckram let drive at me." --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drive \Drive\ (dr[imac]v), p. p. Driven. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drive \Drive\ (dr[imac]v), n. 1. The act of driving; a trip or an excursion in a carriage, as for exercise or pleasure; -- distinguished from a ride taken on horseback. [1913 Webster] 2. A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving. [1913 Webster] 3. Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; esp., a forced or hurried dispatch of business. [1913 Webster] The Murdstonian drive in business. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster] 4. In type founding and forging, an impression or matrix, formed by a punch drift. [1913 Webster] 5. A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river. [Colloq.] Syn: See Ride. [1913 Webster] 6. a private road; a driveway. [PJC] 7. a strong psychological motivation to perform some activity. [PJC] 8. (Computers) a device for reading or writing data from or to a data storage medium, as a disk drive, a tape drive, a CD drive, etc. [PJC] 9. an organized effort by a group to accomplish a goal within a limited period of time; as, a fund-raising drive. [PJC] 10. a physiological function of an organism motivating it to perform specific behaviors; as, the sex drive. [PJC] 11. (Football) the period during which one team sustains movement of the ball toward the opponent's goal without losing possession of the ball; as, a long drive downfield. [PJC] 12. an act of driving a vehicle, especially an automobile; the journey undertaken by driving an automobile; as, to go for a drive in the country. [PJC] 13. the mechanism which causes the moving parts of a machine to move; as, a belt drive. [PJC] 14. the way in which the propulsive force of a vehicle is transmitted to the road; as, a car with four-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, etc. [PJC]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
A peripheral device that allows a computer to read or/or write some storage medium such as a hard disk, floppy disk, magnetic tape, compact disc or DVD. These would be called a disk drive, magnetic tape drive, etc. CD and DVD drives are known collectively as optical drives. When unqualified the term probably refers to a hard disk drive. The term "drive" refers particularly to the electrical components such as electric motors and head positioning system, read-write heads and associated electronics. Of the above storage media, typically only hard disks are fixed, the rest being removable. Most PCs in 2009 include one disk drive and one optical drive housed in the main PC enclosure. Extra drives can be connected externally via USB, SCSI or Firewire. Magnetic tape is always removable and tape drives are typically external. Not to be confused with a "driver" meaning device driver - software used to access a peripheral device. (2009-12-01)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
692 Moby Thesaurus words for "drive": Autobahn, Sunday drive, US highway, acceleration, activity, actuate, advance, advance against, advance upon, adventuresomeness, adventurousness, aggravated assault, aggression, aggressiveness, airing, alley, alleyway, allude to, ambition, ambitiousness, amperage, amphibious attack, angle, animate, appeal, appliance, approach, ardor, armed assault, armipotence, army, arterial, arterial highway, arterial street, artery, assailing, assailment, assault, attack, authority, auto, automatic response, autoroute, autostrada, avenue, bait the hook, bang, banzai attack, barnstorm, be responsible for, bear, bear down upon, bear off, bear upon, beat, beef, belt highway, beset, bicycle, bike, bind, bite, bitingness, black power, blind alley, blind impulse, blitz, blitzkrieg, bob, boost, bore, boulevard, bowl, brain wave, brainstorm, breakthrough, brute force, buck, bull, bulldoze, bump, bump against, bunch, bunt, burden, burrow, burst, bus, bustle, busy, butt, butt against, bypass, byway, cage, camino real, campaign, carriageway, carry on, carry out, carry through, catch a train, cause, cause to, causeway, causey, charge, charioteer, charisma, chase, chauffeur, chaussee, circumferential, clam, close, clout, coerce, cogence, cogency, colony, commitment, compel, compulsion, concupiscence, conduct, constrain, constraint, control, convenience, copilot, corduroy road, corral, counterattack, counteroffensive, county road, coup de main, course, court, cram, crescent, crippling attack, crowd, crusade, cul-de-sac, curiosity, cuttingness, cycle, dap, dash, dead set at, dead-end street, deal with, delve, demand, descent on, desideration, desire, determination, dib, dibble, dig, dig out, dike, dint, direct, dirt road, dive, diversion, diversionary attack, dog, dredge, drift, drift off course, drill, drive at, drive on, driveway, driving force, drove, duress, dynamism, eagerness, effect, effectiveness, effectuality, effort, egg, elbow, energy, enforce, engine, enginery, enterprise, enterprisingness, enthusiasm, entrain, excavate, excursion, exhort, exigency, expedition, expressway, facility, fag, faith, falcon, fall down, fancy, fantasy, fetch away, fire, fish, fixture, flank, flank attack, flash, fleeting impulse, flock, flower power, flurry, flush, flutter, fly, fly-fish, follow the hounds, force, force majeure, forcefulness, forge ahead, forward, fowl, freeway, frontal attack, full blast, full force, furrow, gam, gang, gas, gas attack, get at, get-up-and-get, get-up-and-go, getaway, getup, gig, ginger, give an impetus, give momentum, go, go ahead, go all out, go by rail, go fishing, go hunting, go-ahead, go-getting, go-to-itiveness, goad, gouge, gouge out, grave, gravel road, great cause, grig, grip, groove, grub, guddle, guide, gumption, gun, gut response, guts, hammer, handle, haste, have, have in mind, hawk, head-on attack, helter-skelter, herd, high-pressure, highroad, highway, highways and byways, hint at, hold, hold the reins, holy war, hope, horme, host, hound, hunt, hunt down, hurry, hurry-scurry, hurtle, hustle, impel, impellent, impelling force, impetus, imply, impressiveness, impulse, impulsion, incentive, incisiveness, incite, incitement, indicate, induce, industry, infatuate, infiltrate, infiltration, influence, initiative, inspiration, instigate, instinct, intellectual curiosity, intend, interest, interstate highway, intimate, involuntary impulse, irresistible force, issue, jab, jack, jacklight, jam, jig, jihad, jog, joggle, jolt, jostle, journey, joyride, keenness, keep busy, kennel, kick, lane, lash, launch an attack, libido, lifework, lift, lightning attack, lightning war, litter, local road, lower, lunge, lust for learning, machine, machinery, main drag, main force, main road, main strength, make, make a train, make go, make leeway, make things hum, mana, manage, maneuver, manipulate, march against, march upon, mass attack, mass movement, mean, mechanical aid, mechanical device, mechanism, megadeath, mews, might, might and main, mightiness, mind, mine, mobilize, moil, moment, momentum, mordancy, motivate, motive power, motor, motorcycle, motorway, mount an attack, move, movement, moxie, mugging, muscle power, natural impulse, need, nervosity, nervousness, net, not let go, notion, nudge, oblige, obsess, offense, offensive, onset, onslaught, open an offensive, operate, oppress, outing, overdrive, overkill, overtask, overtax, overwork, pack, panzer warfare, parkway, passion, pave, paved road, pay off, pedal, peel off, pep, pepper, perform on, persistence, pickup, pike, pile drive, pilot, pinch, piss and vinegar, pitch, pizzazz, place, plank road, play, pleasure, pleasure principle, plunge, pod, poignancy, poke, pole, poop, possess, potence, potency, potentiality, pound, power, power pack, power plant, power source, power structure, power struggle, powerfulness, practice, preoccupy, prepotency, press, press on, pressure, prick, pride, primary highway, principle, private road, proceed, prod, productiveness, productivity, propel, propelling, propelment, propulsion, prowl after, puissance, pull, pulsion, punch, punch cattle, push, pushfulness, pushiness, pushing, pushingness, put in motion, quarry, quick hunch, quickening, race, ram, ram down, rash impulse, rattle, reason for being, refer to, reflex, require, restrain, ride, ride herd on, ride to hounds, right-of-way, ring road, road, roadbed, roadway, roll, round up, route nationale, row, royal road, run, run against, run at, rush, sag, sally, sap, scamper, school, scoop, scoop out, scrabble, scramble, scrape, scratch, scurry, scuttle, see to, seine, send, set agoing, set going, set in motion, sexual desire, shake, shepherd, shikar, shoal, shock tactics, shoot, shoot ahead, shoulder, shove, shovel, shoving, shrimp, shunt, sic, sinew, sinewiness, sink, skulk, sloth, snap, solo, sortie, spade, speed, speedup, speedway, spin, spirit, sport, spunk, spur, stab, stalk, stamp, starch, start, state highway, steam, steer, step lively, step-up, stick, still-fish, still-hunt, strain, street, strength, stress, strike, strive, strong arm, strong language, sudden thought, suggest, superhighway, superiority, superpower, sweat, sweep, sweep along, take a joyride, take care of, take the helm, tamp, task, tax, taxi, terrace, thirst for knowledge, thoroughfare, through street, thrust, thruway, tie, toil, toll road, tool, torch, tour, township road, track, trail, travel, trawl, treadle, trench, trenchancy, trip, troll, troop, trough, trundle, tug, tunnel, turn, turnpike, unprovoked assault, up-and-comingness, urge, urgency, use force upon, utility, validity, vehemence, velocity, venturesomeness, venturousness, verve, vigor, vigorousness, vim, virility, virtue, virulence, vitality, want, wanting, war, wattage, weight, whale, wheel, whip, whip on, whirl, will, will and pleasure, wish, wish fulfillment, work, wrangle, wynd, yaw, yaw off, zeal, zing, zip