drove, drove chisel

(noun) a stonemason’s chisel with a broad edge for dressing stone

drove, horde, swarm

(noun) a moving crowd


(noun) a group of animals (a herd or flock) moving together


drive, get, aim

(verb) move into a desired direction of discourse; “What are you driving at?”


(verb) (hunting) chase from cover into more open ground; “drive the game”


(verb) (hunting) search for game; “drive the forest”


(verb) 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”


(verb) excavate horizontally; “drive a tunnel”


(verb) hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally; “drive a ball”


(verb) strike with a driver, as in teeing off; “drive a golf ball”

repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back

(verb) cause to move back by force or influence; “repel the enemy”; “push back the urge to smoke”; “beat back the invaders”


(verb) cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; “drive the ball far out into the field”


(verb) push, propel, or press with force; “Drive a nail into the wall”

force, drive, ram

(verb) force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; “She rammed her mind into focus”; “He drives me mad”


(verb) compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; “She finally drove him to change jobs”

drive, motor

(verb) travel or be transported in a vehicle; “We drove to the university every morning”; “They motored to London for the theater”


(verb) operate or control a vehicle; “drive a car or bus”; “Can you drive this four-wheel truck?”


(verb) cause someone or something to move by driving; “She drove me to school every day”; “We drove the car to the garage”


(verb) move by being propelled by a force; “The car drove around the corner”

tug, labor, labour, push, drive

(verb) 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”


(verb) to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; “She is driven by her passion”

drive, ride

(verb) have certain properties when driven; “This car rides smoothly”; “My new truck drives well”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


drove (plural droves)

A number of cattle driven to market or new pastures.

(usually, in the plural) A large number of people on the move (literally or figuratively).

(collective) A group of hares.

A road or track along which cattle are habitually driven.

A narrow drain or channel used in the irrigation of land.

A broad chisel used to bring stone to a nearly smooth surface.

The grooved surface of stone finished by the drove chisel.

Etymology 2



simple past tense of drive

drove (third-person singular simple present droves, present participle droving, simple past and past participle droved)

To herd cattle; particularly over a long distance.

(transitive) To finish (stone) with a drove chisel.


• Dover, Dovre, Voder, roved, vedro, vored

Source: Wiktionary

Drove, imp.

Definition: of Drive.

Drove, n. Etym: [AS. draf, fr. drifan to drive. See Drive.]

1. A collection of cattle driven, or cattle collected for driving; a number of animals, as oxen, sheep, or swine, driven in a body.

2. Any collection of irrational animals, moving or driving forward; as, a finny drove. Milton.

3. A crowd of people in motion. Where droves, as at a city gate, may pass. Dryden.

4. A road for driving cattle; a driftway. [Eng.]

5. (Agric.)

Definition: A narrow drain or channel used in the irrigation of land. Simmonds.

6. (Masonry) (a) A broad chisel used to bring stone to a nearly smooth surface; -- called also drove chisel. (b) The grooved surface of stone finished by the drove chisel; -- called also drove work.


Drive, v. t. [imp. Drove, formerly Drave (p. p. Driven; p. pr. & vb. n. Driving.] Etym: [AS. drifan; akin to OS. driban, D. drijven, OHG. triban, G. treiben, Icel. drifa, 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 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)

Definition: 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, p. p.

Definition: Driven. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Drive, 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.]


– See Ride.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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