[self-driv-uh n, self-]
- (of a machine) containing its own power source, as an engine or motor.
Origin of self-driven
First recorded in 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for self-driven
As someone who had modest beginnings, her rise was self-driven.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
It is Sylvester, self-driven to seek out the source of new creations strangely akin to his own.Major Prophets of To-Day
Edwin E. Slosson
In France the sirens are cylindrical and very similar to the English self-driven type.
A siren rotated by a separate motor yields better results than when self-driven.