1 the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off" [syn: thrust, driving force]
2 a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; "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; "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" [syn: campaign, cause, crusade, movement, effort]
5 the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
6 hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; "he sliced his drive out of bounds" [syn: driving]
7 the act of driving a herd of animals overland
8 a journey in a vehicle driven by someone else; "he took the family for a drive in his new car" [syn: 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; "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views" [syn: parkway]
12 (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
1 operate or control a vehicle; "drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
2 travel or be transported in a vehicle; "We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater" [syn: motor]
3 cause someone or something to move by driving; "She drove me to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"
4 force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad" [syn: force, ram]
5 to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; "She is driven by her passion"
6 cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders" [syn: repel, repulse, force back, push back, beat back] [ant: attract]
7 compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; "She finally drove him to change jobs"
8 push, propel, or press with force; "Drive a nail into the wall"
9 cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; "drive the ball far out into the field"
10 strive and 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" [syn: tug, labor, labour, push]
12 have certain properties when driven; "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well" [syn: ride]
13 work as a driver; "He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
14 move by being propelled by a force; "The car drove around the corner"
15 urge forward; "drive the cows into the barn"
16 proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work" [syn: take]
17 strike with a driver, as in teeing off; "drive a golfball"
18 hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging more or less vertically; "drive a ball"
19 excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"
20 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"
21 hunting: search for game; "drive the forest"
- , /draɪv/, /draIv/
- Rhymes with: -aɪv
Etymologydrīfan The original meaning was more like "to push". The modern senses can all be seen to derive from this. For example, carts were driven (pushed) or drawn (pulled) long before automobiles were invented.
- To herd (animals) in a particular direction.
- To cause animals to flee out of.
- The beaters drove the brambles, causing a great rush of rabbits and other creatures.
- To move (something) by
hitting it with great
- You drive nails into wood with a hammer.
- To cause (a mechanism) to operate.
- The pistons drive the crankshaft.
- transitive ergative To operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle).
- To motivate; to
provide an incentive for.
- What drives a person to run a marathon?
- To compel (to do
- Their debts finally drove them to sell the business.
- To cause to become.
- This constant complaining is going to drive me to insanity.
- You are driving me crazy!
- This constant complaining is going to drive me to insanity.
- intransitive cricket To hit the ball with a drive.
- To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle.
- I drive to work every day.
- To convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle.
- My wife drove me to the airport.
- drink and drive
- drive a coach and horses through
- drive a hard bargain
- drive at
- drive home
- drive Irish tandem
- drive off
- drive out
- drive-through, drivethrough
- drive time
- drive to distraction
- drive to drink
- let drive
herd (animals) in a particular direction
- Finnish: ajaa
- German: treiben
- Slovak: jazdiť
- Slovene: goniti
cause animals to flee out of
cause a mechanism to operate
- Finnish: ohjata
- German: antreiben
operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle)
- Czech: řídit
- Finnish: ajaa
- French: guider
- German: fahren
- Greek: οδηγώ (odigó)
- Ido: vehar
- Italian: guidare, condurre
- Occitan: menar
- Romanian: ghida, conduce
- Romansch: charrar
- Russian: ехать
- Slovak: riadiť, šoférovať
- Slovene: voziti
- Spanish: conducir, guiar italbrac Puerto Rico, manejar italbrac Latin America
- Swahili: kuendesha
- Finnish: motivoida
- German: treiben
- Hebrew: להניע (lehanya)
compel (to do something)
cause to become
- Finnish: pakottaa, ajaa, tehdä
- French: rendre
- German: treiben
- Italian: rendere
cricket: hit the ball with a drive
to travel by operating a motorized vehicle
convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle
- Hebrew: להסיע (lehasya)
- Self-motivation; ability coupled with ambition.
- A sustained advance in the face of the enemy to take a strategic objective.
- A motor that does not take fuel, but instead depends on a
stores potential energy for subsequent use.
- Some old model trains have clockwork drives.
- A trip made in a
- It was a long drive.
- A driveway.
- The mansion had a long, tree-lined drive.
- A type of public
- Beverly Hills’ most famous street is Rodeo Drive.
- Desire or interest.
- A mass-storage device; as, a disk drive, a DVD drive, a flash drive
- A stroke made with a driver.
- A ball struck in a flat trajectory.
- A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a vertical arc, through the line of the ball, and hitting it along the ground, normally between cover and midwicket.
- ambition, enthusiasm, get-up-and-go, motivation, self-motivation, verve
- attack, push
- i-c motor that does not take fuel engine, mechanism, motor
- i-c trip made in a motor vehicle ride, spin, trip
- i-c driveway approach, driveway
- i-c public roadway avenue, boulevard, road, street
- desire, impetus, impulse, urge
- i-c golf term
- i-c baseball term line drive
- i-c cricket term
- bridge drive
- disk drive
- flash drive
- floppy drive
- four-wheel drive
- hard drive
- jump drive
- left-hand drive
- right-hand drive
- sex drive
- warp drive
- whist drive
- Finnish: motivaatio, draivi
military: sustained advance
- Finnish: eteneminen
motor that does not take fuel
- Czech: pohon
- Finnish: käyttö
- German: Antrieb
a trip made in a motor vehicle
- Finnish: ajo
- German: Fahrt
- Slovene: vožnja
type of public roadway
- German: Weg
psychology: desire or interest
- Czech: pud
- French: pulsion
- German: Trieb
- Slovene: gon
computing: mass-storage device
- Finnish: asema
- French: lecteur
- German: Laufwerk
golf: stroke made with a driver
- Finnish: draivi
- German: Abschlag, Drive
baseball: ball struck in a flat trajectory
- Finnish: laakapallo
- German: Drive
type of shot in cricket
- ttbc Czech: mechanika
- ttbc Swedish: (1: construction using verb: Det var långt att köra: literally It was a long way to drive), uppfart (2), (3: construction using adjective: tåget är uppdragbart => the train has a clockwork drive), läsare (4, example DVD drive => DVD-läsare), disk (4, hard drive => hårddisk)
EtymologyOld Norse drífa
- to drive
Drive may refer to:
- In physics, drive means to impart forward motion to by physical force.
- In psychology, drive is an alternate name for motivation.
- In computing, drive is a device for mass storage.
- In electrical engineering, a drive is an electronic device to provide power to a motor or servo.
- In cricket, a drive is a generic name for a number of shots played by a Batsman that tend to go in front of the batsman or 'down the ground'.
- In golf, drive is a very long golf shot, usually the first shot hit.
- In rugby, a drive is the act of pushing the opposition back in a scrum, maul or ruck. This is often done by the forward pack.
- In american football, a drive is a series of offensive plays during a possession.
- In basketball, driving is getting near the rim with the ball, often for an easier shot.
- In radio industry, drive is a time shift in the late afternoon.
- A drive (charity) can be the act of a charity collecting items other than money.
- In dog training drives are categories of behaviors that dogs instinctively find rewarding. Examples include prey drive, food drive and defense drive.
- In spacecraft propulsion, a drive is a thruster.
- Driving is the act of controlling a vehicle.
- DRIVE Act
- Drive is short for driveway.
- As a proper noun, drive is Chicago slang term for Lake Shore Drive
Movies and television
- Drive (album), the debut solo album by New Zealand artist Bic Runga
- Drive (Steve Wariner album)
- Drive (Alan Jackson album)
- "Drive (For Daddy Gene)," a single from this album
- Drive (Robert Palmer album)
- Drive (Graham Colton Band album)
- Drive (Gearwhore album)
- "Drive" (The Cars song), by The Cars
- "Drive" (R.E.M. song), by R.E.M.
- "Drive" (Incubus song), by Incubus
- "Drive" (Shannon Noll song), a song by Shannon Noll
- "Drive," a song by Blind Melon from their 1992 album Blind Melon
- "Drive" (Client song), by Client
- "Drive", the opening theme song of the 1980s TV series Hardcastle and McCormick written by Mike Post
- "Drive," a song by Vanessa (Anne) Hudgens from her debut 2006 album, V.
drive in German: Laufwerk
drive in French: Drive
drive in Italian: Drive
drive in Japanese: ドライブ
drive in Portuguese: Drive
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