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.
a jib-headed spanker sail.
- driv·er·less, adjective
- non·driv·er, noun
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How to use driver in a sentence
Looking at cost drivers and how they link with revenue is a strategic exercise in itself, as it highlights what elements clients are willing to pay for, where to optimize costs, or what new services can appear.How would an SEO agency be built today? Part 2: Current business model(s) | Sponsored Content: SEOmonitor | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Its Tasty and Goodful verticals have been the primary drivers of the company’s licensing business, with a line of cookware under Tasty that’s sold at Walmart.‘Finding their sweet spot’: How publishers are quickly becoming large global licensors | Kayleigh Barber | September 14, 2020 | Digiday
For starters, it’s not Uber that owns its cars—its drivers do.Uber Wants to Go All-Electric by 2030. It Won’t Be Easy | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | September 10, 2020 | Singularity Hub
That included training dogs to sniff out dead wild boar, stockpiling electric fences along the eastern border and urging drivers not to toss ham-sandwich scraps out the window.Europe is on high alert after a deadly swine virus emerges in Germany | Bernhard Warner | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
So, you’d have buses that would— and the bus drivers would be tested, and the buses would be wiped down.Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431) | Stephen J. Dubner | September 10, 2020 | Freakonomics
Thankfully there were no casualties—the driver managed to stop the train immediately.
He also was working to recruit Castro as a driver for a drug load.An Informant, a Missing American, and Juarez’s House of Death: Inside the 12-Year Cold Case of David Castro | Bill Conroy | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Abraham, a yellow cab driver and student, feels that blacks are targeted unfairly by the police.
Public employee unions are a little-acknowledged driver of this conflict.
But, when the car came thundering down, it was crammed to the step; with a melancholy gesture, the driver declined her signal.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
The driver must at all times have his car under reasonable control so that he can stop in time to avoid injury.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
If there be no facilities for stopping for the night, a driver is not negligent should he proceed through the fog.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
It was being driven very rapidly, but very skillfully, and the car was empty save for the driver.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
The carriages are half-covered ones, with seats for two, and are drawn by a pair of mules, on one of which the driver rides.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
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
- driverless, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with driver
see backseat driver; in the driver's seat.
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