Meaning of DRIVER in English


— driverless , adj.

/druy"veuhr/ , n.

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. Mach.

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. See driving wheel (def. 2).

8. Brit. a locomotive engineer.

9. Audio.

a. the part of a loudspeaker that transforms the electrical signal into sound.

b. the entire loudspeaker.

10. Naut.

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. Cf. pusher (def. 4), spanker (def. 1b).

[ 1350-1400; ME drivere. See DRIVE, -ER 1 ]

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