driv·​er | \ ˈdrī-vər How to pronounce driver (audio) \

Definition of driver

: one that drives: such as
b : the operator of a motor vehicle
c : an implement (such as a hammer) for driving
d : a mechanical piece for imparting motion to another piece
e : one that provides impulse or motivation a driver in this economy
f : a golf wood with a nearly straight face used in driving
g : an electronic circuit that supplies input to another electronic circuit also : loudspeaker
h : a piece of computer software that controls input and output operations

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Other Words from driver

driverless \ ˈdrī-​vər-​ləs How to pronounce driverless (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of driver in a Sentence

Who was the driver at the time of the accident? We told the taxi driver to take us to the library. He likes to sit at the front of the bus, near the driver. There's a problem with the printer's driver.
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Recent Examples on the Web This suggests loneliness is not the main driver of psychological distress. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "'A culmination of crises': America is in turmoil, and a mental health crisis looms next," 21 June 2020 Last month state officials said the plant was a significant driver of the then 1,400 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Stearns County. Chidinma Irene Nwoye, Quartz Africa, "How a Somali community took on a Minnesota meatpacking plant to contain a Covid-19 outbreak," 20 June 2020 On occasion Mr Dylan reveals personal anecdotes, such as his observation that Joni Mitchell is a good driver. The Economist, "The gruff voice of a generation If you want to understand Bob Dylan’s music, listen to his radio show," 19 June 2020 In particular, consumer demand in the United States and Europe is a significant driver of wildlife trade. Candace Famiglietti, The Conversation, "Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade," 19 June 2020 John Henry is a steel driver who races a drilling machine to bore out a tunnel. Richard J. Reddick, Fortune, "We can’t breathe at work, either: John Henryism and the health impact of racism," 19 June 2020 Abnormally high temperatures are the main driver of these massive fires, says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Drew Kann, CNN, "Facing a record increase in coronavirus cases, Arizona is besieged by wildfires," 18 June 2020 One summer night in 1953, Clarence Wood, who had been a racecar driver himself, took his wife to watch the powder puff races at the Motor City Speedway in Detroit., "Vicki Wood, broke car-racing gender barriers, at 101," 15 June 2020 The 18-wheeler rolled off the westbound Interstate 10 East main lanes near Wade Road around 12:40 a.m. A 62-year-old woman, who is possibly the big rig driver, was taken to the hospital by Life Flight. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "East Freeway closed for big rig crash in Baytown," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of driver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of driver was in the 14th century

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24 Jun 2020

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“Driver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of driver

: a person who drives a car, truck, etc.
: a person whose job is to drive a vehicle (such as a taxi, truck, or bus)
technical : a piece of computer software that controls a device (such as a mouse or printer) that is attached to the computer

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