[ drahy-ving ]
/ ˈdraɪ vɪŋ /


demanding a high or unreasonable rate of work from subordinates.
vigorously active; energetic: a driving young executive.
having force and violence: a driving storm.
relaying or transmitting power.
used while operating a vehicle: driving gloves.

Nearby words

  1. driver's seat,
  2. driverless,
  3. drives,
  4. drivetrain,
  5. driveway,
  6. driving barrel,
  7. driving chain,
  8. driving dog,
  9. driving force,
  10. driving iron

Origin of driving

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at drive, -ing2

Related formsdriv·ing·ly, adverb

Origin of drive

before 900; Middle English drīven, Old English drīfan; cognate with Dutch drijven, Old Norse drīfa, Gothic dreiban, German treiben

Related forms

Synonym study

2, 15. Drive, ride are used interchangeably to mean traveling in an automobile or, formerly, in a horse-drawn vehicle. These two words are not synonyms in other connections. To drive is to maneuver, guide, or steer the progress of a vehicle, animal, etc.: to drive a bus, a horse. To ride is to be carried about by an animal or be carried as a passenger in a vehicle: to ride a horse, a train, a bus.

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British Dictionary definitions for driving


/ (ˈdraɪvɪŋ) /


having or moving with force and violencedriving rain
forceful or energetic
relating to the controlling of a motor vehicle in motiondriving test


/ (draɪv) /

verb drives, driving, drove (drəʊv) or driven (ˈdrɪvən)


Derived Formsdrivable or driveable, adjectivedrivability or driveability, noun

Word Origin for drive

Old English drīfan; related to Old Frisian drīva, Old Norse drīfa, Gothic dreiban, Old High German trīban

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Word Origin and History for driving
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for driving


[ drīv ]


A strong motivating tendency or instinct, especially of sexual or aggressive origin, that prompts activity toward a particular end.

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