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Meaning of driving by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: drīʹvĭng, IPA: /ˈdraɪvɪŋ/, SAMPA: /"draIvIN/
    • Rhymes: -aɪvɪŋ



    1. Present participle of drive .


    driving ( comparative more driving, superlative most driving )

    1. That drives ( a mechanism or process ) .
    2. ( of wind, rain, etc ): That drives forcefully; strong; forceful; violent


    driving ( countable and uncountable; plural: drivings )

    1. The action of the verb to drive in any sense .
    2. In particular, the action of operating a motor vehicle .
      In European Union, driving on the right is practiced everywhere except in the British Isles, Malta and Cyprus, where driving on the left is practised .

    Derived terms

Explanation of driving by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. having the power of driving or impelling

    2. a driving personal ambition
      the driving force was his innate enthusiasm
    3. acting with vigor

    4. responsibility turned the spoiled playboy into a driving young executive
    1. the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal

    2. hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver

    Definition of driving by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Drive ( drīv ), v. t. [imp. Drove ( drōv ), formerly Drave ( drāv ); p. p. Driven ( drĭv'n ); p. pr. & vb. n. Driving.] [AS. drīfan; akin to OS. drīban, D. drijven, OHG. trīban, G. treiben, Icel. drīfa, 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.

      8. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel ( the ball ) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw.

      9. to operate ( a vehicle ) while it is on motion, by manipulating the controls, such as the steering, propulsion, and braking mechanisms.

    2. Driving, a.
      1. Having great force of impulse; as, “a driving wind or storm”.

      2. Communicating force; impelling; as, “a driving shaft”.

      Driving axle, the axle of a driving wheel, as in a locomotive. -- Driving box ( Locomotive ), the journal box of a driving axle. See Illust. of Locomotive. -- Driving note ( Mus. ), a syncopated note; a tone begun on a weak part of a measure and held through the next accented part, thus anticipating the accent and driving it through. -- Driving spring, a spring fixed upon the box of the driving axle of a locomotive engine to support the weight and deaden shocks. [Eng.] Weale. -- Driving wheel ( Mach. ), a wheel that communicates motion; one of the large wheels of a locomotive to which the connecting rods of the engine are attached; -- called also, simply, driver. See Illust. of Locomotive.

    3. Driving, n.
      1. The act of forcing or urging something along; the act of pressing or moving on furiously.

      2. Tendency; drift. [R.]