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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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