See also: Driver

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English drivere, dryvere, dryvare, equivalent to drive +‎ -er. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Drieuwer (driver), Dutch drijver (driver), German Low German Driever (driver), German Treiber (driver).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɹaɪ.və(ɹ)/
  • (US) enPR: drīʹvər, IPA(key): /ˈdɹaɪvɚ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪvə(r)

NounEdit

driver (plural drivers)

  1. One who drives something, in any sense of the verb to drive.
    • 2016, John Swain, Digging Up The Pitmen (page 164)
      Luke North was working in the North East District when Harry Patterson the pony driver came by. It was 5.45 o'clock. Luke smelt danger in the air. He walked round the pony to speak with Harry []
  2. Something that drives something, in any sense of the verb to drive.
    • 2014, Bridgette Wessels, Exploring Social Change: Process and Context (page 106)
      The character of work is a driver of social change, at the same time that any new forms of work are the result of broader social change.
    • 2020 December 16, “Network News: "Robust case" for Fawley branch reopening”, in Rail, page 14:
      The aim is to secure up to £140 million for the combined road and rail improvements, including a new road bridge to replace a level crossing at Totton. A key driver has been the approval of a new housing and employment development called Fawley Waterside, with 1,500 homes planned on the site of a redundant power station on the edge of Southampton Water.
  3. A person who drives a motorized vehicle such as a car or a bus.
  4. A person who drives some other vehicle.
  5. (computing) A program that acts as an interface between an application and hardware, written specifically for the device it controls.
  6. (golf) A golf club used to drive the ball a great distance.
  7. (nautical) a kind of sail, smaller than a fore and aft spanker on a square-rigged ship, a driver is tied to the same spars.
  8. A mallet.
  9. A tamping iron.
  10. A cooper's hammer for driving on barrel hoops.
  11. A screwdriver.
    • 1996, Popular Mechanics (volume 173, number 12)
      Among the driver and screw types available, you'll find several cross-slot varieties including the Reed & Prince []

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TranslationsEdit

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FrenchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from English driver.

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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

driver m (plural drivers)

  1. (golf) driver

Etymology 2Edit

From English drive +‎ -er.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

driver

  1. (golf outside Louisiana, Cajun French) to drive
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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English driver.

NounEdit

driver m or f (invariable)

  1. driver (in a trotting race; tennis player good at driving)

NounEdit

driver m (invariable)

  1. driver (golf club; computer module)

Norwegian BokmålEdit

VerbEdit

driver

  1. present tense of drive

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English driver.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

driver m or f (in variation) (plural drivers)

  1. (computing) driver (program acting as interface between an application and hardware)
    Synonym: controlador

QuotationsEdit

For quotations using this term, see Citations:driver.


SwedishEdit

VerbEdit

driver

  1. present tense of driva.

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