driver

[drahy-ver]
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.
a.
a part that transmits force or motion.
b.
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.
a.
the part of a loudspeaker that transforms the electrical signal into sound.
b.
the entire loudspeaker.
10.
Nautical.
a.
a jib-headed spanker sail.
b.
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; Middle English drivere. See drive, -er1

driverless, adjective
nondriver, noun
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driver (ˈdraɪvə)
 
n
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
 
'driverless
 
adj

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driver
"one who drives" in various senses, c.1400; from drive. Slavery sense is attested by 1796. Driver's seat is attested by 1867; figurative use by 1954.
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Example sentences
Taxis weren't operating at all because the drivers had called a strike before
  the convention began.
Locals say that drivers don't signal when they turn because everyone knows
  where everyone else is going.
Frontloader drivers carried emergency oxygen masks as they ripped smoking coal
  from the fire edge.
We all know that's one of the key drivers of rising college costs.
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