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[drahy-ver] /ˈdraɪ vər/
a person or thing that drives.
a person who drives a vehicle; coachman, chauffeur, etc.
a person who drives an animal or animals, as a drover or cowboy.
Also called number one wood. Golf. a club with a wooden head whose face has almost no slope, for hitting long, low drives from the tee.
  1. a part that transmits force or motion.
  2. the member of a pair of connected pulleys, gears, etc., that is nearer to the power source.
Computers. software or hardware that controls the interface between a computer and a peripheral device.
Railroads. driving wheel (def 2).
British. a locomotive engineer.
  1. the part of a loudspeaker that transforms the electrical signal into sound.
  2. the entire loudspeaker.
  1. a jib-headed spanker sail.
  2. a designation given to one of the masts abaft the mizzen on a sailing vessel having more than three masts, either the fifth or sixth from forward.
    Compare pusher (def 4), spanker (def 1b).
Origin of driver
1350-1400; Middle English drivere. See drive, -er1
Related forms
driverless, adjective
nondriver, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for driver
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  • His driver leaned down and peered into the shadow of the lilac bush.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He gave the reins to the driver, leaned back in the seat, and folded his arms.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • No ring of the axe, no shout of the driver, no fall of the tree broke the silence.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • He recovered a quarter of an hour by making the driver gallop.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • But you know what a train of driver ants is, that you meet with in the forests?

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for driver


a person who drives a vehicle
in the driver's seat, in a position of control
a person who drives animals
a mechanical component that exerts a force on another to produce motion
(golf) a club, a No. 1 wood, with a large head and deep face for tee shots
(electronics) a circuit whose output provides the input of another circuit
(computing) a computer program that controls a device
something that creates and fuels activity, or gives force or impetus
Derived Forms
driverless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for driver

"one who drives" in various senses, c.1400; agent noun from drive (v.). Slavery sense is attested by 1796. Driver's seat is attested by 1867; figurative use by 1954.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for driver



An airplane pilot (Vietnam War Air Force & Navy)

Related Terms

backseat driver, hack-driver, pencil-pusher, sunday driver

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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driver in Technology

1. device driver.
2. The main loop of an event-processing program; the code that gets commands and dispatches them for execution.
3. In the TeX world and the computerised typesetting world in general, a program that translates some device-independent or other common format to something a real device can actually understand.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Idioms and Phrases with driver
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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