verb (used with or without object), droved, drov·ing.
Origin of drove2
Examples from the Web for droves
The result is that drone operators are leaving the Air Force in droves.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
British aristocrats married American heiresses in droves in the early 1900s.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite the long-existing travel ban, Americans have already been visiting Cuba by the droves.
Shoppers from Mainland China arrived in droves, and gained front row seats to civil disobedience in action.Chinese Tourists Are Taking Hong Kong Protest Selfies|Brendon Hong|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He would need professional assistance, which came in droves.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Droves of cattle passed over the bridges, which were being raised and swung to let the ships pass.Holland, v. 1 (of 2)|Edmondo de Amicis
Hardly daring to expect to be favorably received, he sent in advance a large number of cattle in three droves as a gift to Esau.Rembrandt|Estelle M. Hurll
The provisions and ammunition, transported on packhorses, and the beeves in droves, arrived soon after.Chronicles of Border Warfare|Alexander Scott Withers
For that matter, there were droves of 'em pounding up and down the halls all night.Americans All|Various
Men are herded in droves and delivered by counties in almost solid blocks by professional traders of political influence.The Behavior of Crowds|Everett Dean Martin
- (tr) to drive (a group of livestock), usually for a considerable distance
- (intr) to be employed as a drover