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drove1

[drohv] /droʊv/
verb
1.
simple past tense of drive.

drove2

[drohv] /droʊv/
noun
1.
a number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a group; herd; flock.
2.
Usually, droves. a large crowd of human beings, especially in motion:
They came to Yankee Stadium in droves.
3.
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 object), verb (used without object), droved, droving.
4.
to drive or deal in (cattle) as a drover; herd.
5.
Masonry. to work or smooth (stone) as with a drove.
Origin of drove2
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English drāf that which is driven, i.e., herd, flock; akin to drive
Synonyms
1. See flock1 .
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  • There's a hundred in cold cash for every Chink that's run across the border, and Dangerfield has been smuggling them in in droves.

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  • There were wild creatures in all this jungle; crocodiles, droves of wild pigs, great boa constrictors and golden coated jaguars.

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  • In they come of course, droves of them, and then I arrive and take the money.

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  • Aren't there, after all, droves of the right men in rubber collars?

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British Dictionary definitions for droves

drove1

/drəʊv/
verb
1.
the past tense of drive

drove2

/drəʊv/
noun
1.
a herd of livestock being driven together
2.
(often pl) a moving crowd of people
3.
a narrow irrigation channel
4.
Also called drove chisel. a chisel with a broad edge used for dressing stone
verb
5.
  1. (transitive) to drive (a group of livestock), usually for a considerable distance
  2. (intransitive) to be employed as a drover
6.
to work (a stone surface) with a drove
Word Origin
Old English drāf herd; related to Middle Low German drēfwech cattle pasture; see drive, drift
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Word Origin and History for droves
n.

see drove.

drove

n.

Old English draf "beasts driven in a body, road along which cattle are driven," originally "act of driving," from drifan "to drive" (see drive (v.)).

Old English draf, past tense and obsolete past participle of drive (v.).

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