Meaning of DRIVING in English

I. driv ‧ ing 1 /ˈdraɪvɪŋ/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ drive , ↑ driver , ↑ driving ; verb : ↑ drive ; adjective : ↑ driving ]

the activity of driving a car, truck etc:

driving lessons

He was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

hazardous driving conditions (=weather that makes driving dangerous)

⇨ in the driving seat at ↑ seat 1 (11)

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■ driving + NOUN

▪ a driving licence British English (=an official document that shows you are allowed to drive)

When hiring a car, you must bring your driving licence.

▪ a driving test (=that you must pass before you are allowed to drive)

I passed my driving test the second time I took it.

▪ a driving lesson (=in which you are taught to drive)

Jane is having driving lessons.

▪ a driving instructor (=a person whose job is teaching people to drive)

It's important to feel comfortable with your driving instructor.

▪ a driving offence (=an action that breaks the laws on driving)

He had to appear in court for a driving offence.

▪ a driving ban (=a legal order that forbids you to drive)

After the accident he faced a three-year driving ban.

▪ driving conditions (=how safe it is to drive, especially because of the weather)

Icy roads have made driving conditions dangerous.

■ adjectives

▪ careless/dangerous driving

She pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

▪ reckless driving (=careless and taking risks)

Baldwin faces charges of reckless driving.

▪ bad driving

Bad driving can cause potentially fatal accidents.

▪ safe driving (=driving well and carefully)

Young drivers should be educated about safe driving.

▪ drink-driving British English , drunk driving especially American English (=the offence of driving after drinking too much alcohol)

Len was convicted on a charge of drink-driving.

■ verbs

▪ be banned/disqualified from driving (=be forbidden to drive by law)

Murray was banned from driving for six months after admitting to speeding.

II. driving 2 BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ drive , ↑ driver , ↑ driving ; verb : ↑ drive ; adjective : ↑ driving ]

1 . driving rain/snow rain or snow that falls very hard and fast

2 . driving force someone or something that strongly influences people and makes them do something

driving force behind

Hawks was the driving force behind the project.

3 . driving ambition a very great desire to do or achieve something

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.