drove

1
[ drohv ]
/ droʊv /

verb

simple past tense of drive.

Nearby words

  1. droughty,
  2. drouk,
  3. droukit,
  4. drouth,
  5. drouthy,
  6. drover,
  7. droves,
  8. drown,
  9. drown one's sorrows,
  10. drown out

drove

2
[ drohv ]
/ droʊv /

noun

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

2
before 950; Middle English; Old English drāf that which is driven, i.e., herd, flock; akin to drive

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British Dictionary definitions for droves

drove

1
/ (drəʊv) /

verb

the past tense of drive

drove

2
/ (drəʊv) /

noun

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

verb

  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

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