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driver

[drahy-ver] /ˈdraɪ vər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that drives.
2.
a person who drives a vehicle; coachman, chauffeur, etc.
3.
a person who drives an animal or animals, as a drover or cowboy.
4.
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.
5.
Machinery.
  1. a part that transmits force or motion.
  2. the member of a pair of connected pulleys, gears, etc., that is nearer to the power source.
6.
Computers. software or hardware that controls the interface between a computer and a peripheral device.
7.
Railroads. driving wheel (def 2).
8.
British. a locomotive engineer.
9.
Audio.
  1. the part of a loudspeaker that transforms the electrical signal into sound.
  2. the entire loudspeaker.
10.
Nautical.
  1. a jib-headed spanker sail.
  2. a designation given to one of the masts abaft the mizzen on a sailing vessel having more than three masts, either the fifth or sixth from forward.
    Compare pusher (def 4), spanker (def 1b).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English drivere. See drive, -er1
Related forms
driverless, adjective
nondriver, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for drive rless

driver

/ˈdraɪvə/
noun
1.
a person who drives a vehicle
2.
in the driver's seat, in a position of control
3.
a person who drives animals
4.
a mechanical component that exerts a force on another to produce motion
5.
(golf) a club, a No. 1 wood, with a large head and deep face for tee shots
6.
(electronics) a circuit whose output provides the input of another circuit
7.
(computing) a computer program that controls a device
8.
something that creates and fuels activity, or gives force or impetus
Derived Forms
driverless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for drive rless

driver

n.

"one who drives" in various senses, c.1400; agent noun from drive (v.). Slavery sense is attested by 1796. Driver's seat is attested by 1867; figurative use by 1954.

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Slang definitions & phrases for drive rless

driver

noun

An airplane pilot (Vietnam War Air Force & Navy)

Related Terms

backseat driver, hack-driver, pencil-pusher, sunday driver


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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