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drove1

[drohv]
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  1. simple past tense of drive.
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drove2

[drohv]
noun
  1. a number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a group; herd; flock.
  2. Usually droves. a large crowd of human beings, especially in motion: They came to Yankee Stadium in droves.
  3. 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.
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verb (used with or without object), droved, drov·ing.
  1. to drive or deal in (cattle) as a drover; herd.
  2. Masonry. to work or smooth (stone) as with a drove.
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Origin of drove2

before 950; Middle English; Old English drāf that which is driven, i.e., herd, flock; akin to drive

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1. See flock1.
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British Dictionary definitions for droves

drove1

verb
  1. the past tense of drive
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drove2

noun
  1. a herd of livestock being driven together
  2. (often plural) a moving crowd of people
  3. a narrow irrigation channel
  4. Also called: drove chisel a chisel with a broad edge used for dressing stone
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verb
    1. (tr)to drive (a group of livestock), usually for a considerable distance
    2. (intr)to be employed as a drover
  1. to work (a stone surface) with a drove
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Word Origin

Old English drāf herd; related to Middle Low German drēfwech cattle pasture; see drive, drift
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Word Origin and History for droves

n.

see drove.

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drove

n.

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.)).

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drove

Old English draf, past tense and obsolete past participle of drive (v.).

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