Out of the tents they drave them; on them in pursuit they flew.
But Amulius drave out his brother, and reigned in his stead.
The campaign of the following year, 1687, was opened on the drave.
Against each other's bucklers the mighty strokes they drave.
But I drave a pin into my arm to rouse misen, and took the besom and swept up the ashes and lit the fire.
And west they drave, and long they ran Till they saw a land was white and wan.
At Esseg the drave is crossed by two bridges, and below these it is navigable by small steamers.
I lunged at the first with my blade, but with a sweep of his own he drave it out of my hand.
Then, coasting along Florida, we ran into the jaws of another tempest, the which drave us into the bay of Mexico.
Another division invaded Syrmia, and devastated the country between the drave and the Danube.
Old English drifan "to drive, force, hunt, pursue; rush against" (class I strong verb; past tense draf, past participle drifen), from Proto-Germanic *dribanan (cf. Old Frisian driva, Old Saxon driban, Dutch drijven, Old High German triban, German treiben, Old Norse drifa, Gothic dreiban "to drive"). Not found outside Germanic. Original sense of "pushing from behind," altered in Modern English by application to automobiles. Related: Driving.
MILLER: "The more you drive, the less intelligent you are." ["Repo Man," 1984]
1690s, "act of driving," from drive (v.). Meaning "excursion by vehicle" is from 1785. Golfing sense of "forcible blow" is from 1836. Meaning "organized effort to raise money" is 1889, American English. Sense of "dynamism" is from 1908. In the computing sense, first attested 1963.
A strong motivating tendency or instinct, especially of sexual or aggressive origin, that prompts activity toward a particular end.