drove

1 [drohv]
verb
simple past tense of drive.
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drove

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


1. See flock1.
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drove1 (drəʊv)
 
vb
the past tense of drive

drove2 (drəʊv)
 
n
1.  a herd of livestock being driven together
2.  (often plural) 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
 
vb
5.  a.  (tr) to drive (a group of livestock), usually for a considerable distance
 b.  (intr) to be employed as a drover
6.  to work (a stone surface) with a drove
 
[Old English drāf herd; related to Middle Low German drēfwech cattle pasture; see drive, drift]

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drove
O.E. draf "beasts driven in a body," originally "act of driving," from drifan "to drive."

drove
p.t. of drive (q.v.).

droves
see drove.
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drive (drīv)
n.
A strong motivating tendency or instinct, especially of sexual or aggressive origin, that prompts activity toward a particular end.

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Example sentences
Riders soon arrived in droves, and the line proved to be a crucial link in the
  economic development of the region.
And audiences aren't turning out in the droves movie studio honchos were hoping
  to see.
Nowadays, even if these people have not been laid off, the great people are
  going to be leaving in droves.
And artists around the globe are signing on in droves.
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