n 1: the act of applying force to propel something; "after
reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
, 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
4: a road leading up to a private house; "they parked in the
driveway" [syn: driveway
, private road
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
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: a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
v 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
5: to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive
pressure on, or motivate strongly; "She is driven by her
6: cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy";
"push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
, force back
, push back
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 the cows into the
9: cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force;
"drive the ball far out into the field"
10: 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" [syn: tug
11: move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you
driving at?" [syn: get
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
15: proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work"
16: golf: strike with a driver, as in teeing off; "drive a
17: cricket: hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging
more or less vertically: "drive a ball"
18: mining: excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"
19: 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
20: hunting: search for game; "drive the forest"
21: hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; "drive the