[ drohv ]
/ droʊv /


simple past tense of drive.

Definition for drove (2 of 3)

[ drohv ]
/ droʊv /


a number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a group; herd; flock.
Usually droves. a large crowd of human beings, especially in motion: They came to Yankee Stadium in droves.
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.

verb (used with or without object), droved, drov·ing.

to drive or deal in (cattle) as a drover; herd.
Masonry. to work or smooth (stone) as with a drove.

Origin of drove

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

Definition for drove (3 of 3)

Origin of drive

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


synonym study for drive

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 drove (1 of 3)

/ (drəʊv) /


the past tense of drive

British Dictionary definitions for drove (2 of 3)

/ (drəʊv) /


a herd of livestock being driven together
(often plural) a moving crowd of people
a narrow irrigation channel
Also called: drove chisel a chisel with a broad edge used for dressing stone


  1. (tr) to drive (a group of livestock), usually for a considerable distance
  2. (intr) to be employed as a drover
to work (a stone surface) with a drove

Word Origin for drove

Old English drāf herd; related to Middle Low German drēfwech cattle pasture; see drive, drift

British Dictionary definitions for drove (3 of 3)

/ (draɪv) /

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


Derived forms of drive

drivable 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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Medical definitions for drove

[ drīv ]


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