- simple past tense of drive.
- a number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a group; herd; flock.
- Usually droves. a large crowd of human beings, especially in motion: They came to Yankee Stadium in droves.
- Also called drove chisel. Masonry. a chisel, from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) broad at the edge, for dressing stones to an approximately true surface.
- to drive or deal in (cattle) as a drover; herd.
- Masonry. to work or smooth (stone) as with a drove.
Origin of drove2
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Examples from the Web for droves
The result is that drone operators are leaving the Air Force in droves.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
British aristocrats married American heiresses in droves in the early 1900s.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
Despite the long-existing travel ban, Americans have already been visiting Cuba by the droves.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
Shoppers from Mainland China arrived in droves, and gained front row seats to civil disobedience in action.Chinese Tourists Are Taking Hong Kong Protest Selfies
October 23, 2014
He would need professional assistance, which came in droves.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
Quail ran in droves and rose among the mesas like young thunder.The Trail Book
In they come of course, droves of them, and then I arrive and take the money.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
And, worst of all, there were no droves of cattle tearing around.The Night Riders
They are pouring in here in droves; some are on their way to Italy.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
I should imagine that he was often amazed that men did not join in droves.The Shellback's Progress
- the past tense of drive
- a herd of livestock being driven together
- (often plural) a moving crowd of people
- a narrow irrigation channel
- Also called: drove chisel a chisel with a broad edge used for dressing stone
- (tr)to drive (a group of livestock), usually for a considerable distance
- (intr)to be employed as a drover
- to work (a stone surface) with a drove
Word Origin and History for droves
Old English draf "beasts driven in a body, road along which cattle are driven," originally "act of driving," from drifan "to drive" (see drive (v.)).
Old English draf, past tense and obsolete past participle of drive (v.).