driver

noun
driv·​er | \ ˈdrī-vər \

Definition of driver

: one that drives: such as
a : coachman
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 \ -​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for driver

Synonyms

automobilist, motorist, wheelman

Antonyms

nondriver

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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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Having proper posture in the car or having your driver’s seat ergonomically analyzed can help prevent aches. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Fitness Plan for Serious Schmoozers," 16 Feb. 2019 Translation: Know your lane, and let those more equipped to navigate certain routes take the driver’s seat. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019 According to the official guidelines of the TSA, domestic U.S. travelers must have valid identification to fly, such as a driver’s license, passport or permanent resident card. Fox News, "Rapper G-Eazy claims magazine cover got him through airport security," 2 Oct. 2018 Nicholson argues that children need to be put back in the driver’s seat as active consumers of recreation. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 In the first two practices, Kyle Larson, driver of the No. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Toyota owns Kentucky Speedway while Chevrolet finds itself chasing the Camry," 13 July 2018 The driver takes a quick right turn and starts off-roading, weaving around rocks on a narrow dirt path. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 2019 In addition to removing T-walls, authorities have loosened other security measures, mostly to improve conditions for drivers of the 1.8 million cars registered in Baghdad. Nabih Bulos, The Seattle Times, "Baghdad, once a jewel among Arab capitals, is barely functional," 28 Jan. 2019 Not to mention the fact that speeding tickets significantly up the insurance premiums for new drivers (but enough of the lecturing!). Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "7 Driving Tips For Teens That'll Seriously Help You Become a Pro On The Road," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of driver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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driver

noun

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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