- 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.
- a part that transmits force or motion.
- 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.
- the part of a loudspeaker that transforms the electrical signal into sound.
- the entire loudspeaker.
Origin of driver
Related Words for driveroperator, jockey, motorist, trainer, chauffeur, whip, hack, coachman, handler, autoist, cabbie, leadfoot
Examples from the Web for driver
Contemporary Examples of driver
Thankfully there were no casualties—the driver managed to stop the train immediately.Is Putin Turning to Terrorism in Ukraine?
January 6, 2015
He also was working to recruit Castro as a driver for a drug load.
So I asked the driver to honk the horn, which he does, and Rod looks over.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
We drove back down the hill, and the driver let me out near the Prado.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
So I send a note out to his house with Tony, his driver, who promises he'll put it directly into Hitch's hand.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of driver
The driver faced the bill toward the nearest street-light and scanned it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He was a little ahead of them; but it was not probable that the driver would stop for him.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Between one and two in the morning our driver descended from his attic.
We could not miss the way, our driver said, and woe betide us if we did!
Presently the driver stopped, for it was time for the horses to rest, and also dinner-time.Rico and Wiseli
- 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
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.
Idioms and Phrases with driver
see backseat driver; in the driver's seat.