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[n] the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
[n] a journey in a vehicle driven by someone else; "he took the family for a drive in his new car"
[n] the act of driving a herd of animals overland
[n] a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
[n] hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; "he sliced his drive out of bounds"
[n] a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"
[n] a wide scenic road planted with trees; "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"
[n] a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
[n] (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
[n] a road leading up to a private house; "they parked in the driveway"
[n] the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
[n] a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
[v] move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?"
[v] hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; "drive the game"
[v] hunting: search for game; "drive the forest"
[v] cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling; "The amplifier drives the tube"; "steam drives the engines"; "this device drives the disks for the computer"
[v] exert oneself, make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
[v] mining: excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"
[v] cricket: hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging more or less vertically; "drive a ball"
[v] golf: strike with a driver, as in teeing off; "drive a golfball"
[v] cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
[v] cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; "drive the ball far out into the field"
[v] push, propel, or press with force; "Drive the cows into the stable"
[v] force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"
[v] compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; "She finally drove him to change jobs"
[v] travel or be transported in a vehicle; "We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater"
[v] proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work"
[v] operate or control a vehicle; "drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
[v] cause someone or something to move by driving; "She drove me to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"
[v] move by being propelled by a force; "The car drove around the corner"
[v] work as a driver; "He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
[v] to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; "She is driven by her passion"
[v] have certain properties when driven; "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well"

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Misc. Definitions

\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[=i]fan; akin to OS. dr[=i]ban, D. drijven, OHG. tr[=i]ban, G. treiben, Icel. dr[=i]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. A storm came on and drove them into Pylos. --Jowett (Thucyd. ). Shield pressed on shield, and man drove man along. --Pope. Go drive the deer and drag the finny prey. --Pope.
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. How . . . proud he was to drive such a brother! --Thackeray.
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. 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.
4. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute. [Now used only colloquially.] --Bacon. The trade of life can not be driven without partners. --Collier.
5. To clear, by forcing away what is contained. To drive the country, force the swains away. --Dryden.
6. (Mining) To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel. --Tomlinson.
7. To pass away; -- said of time. [Obs.] --Chaucer. 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.
\Drive\, v. i.
1. To rush and press with violence; to move furiously. Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails. --Dryden. Under cover of the night and a driving tempest. --Prescott. Time driveth onward fast, And in a little while our lips are dumb. --Tennyson.
2. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; to be driven. The hull drives on, though mast and sail be torn. --Byron. The chaise drives to Mr. Draper's chambers. --Thackeray.
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.
4. To press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an effort; to strive; -- usually with at. Let them therefore declare what carnal or secular interest he drove at. --South.
5. To distrain for rent. [Obs.] {To let drive}, to aim a blow; to strike with force; to attack. ``Four rogues in buckram let drive at me.'' --Shak.
\Drive\ (dr[imac]v), p. p. Driven. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
\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.
2. A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving.
3. Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; esp., a forced or hurried dispatch of business. The Murdstonian drive in business. --M. Arnold.
4. In type founding and forging, an impression or matrix, formed by a punch drift.
5. A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river. [Colloq.] Syn: See {Ride}.
\Drive\, v. i. (Golf) To make a drive, or stroke from the tee.
\Drive\, v. t. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel (the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw.
\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.
2. (Golf) A stroke from the tee, generally a full shot made with a driver; also, the distance covered by such a stroke.
6. An implement used for driving; as: (a) A mallet. (b) A tamping iron. (c) A cooper's hammer for driving on barrel hoops. (d) A wooden-headed golf club with a long shaft, for playing the longest strokes. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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