driving

adjective

driv·​ing ˈdrī-viŋ How to pronounce driving (audio)
1
a
: communicating force
a driving wheel
b
: exerting pressure
a driving influence
2
a
: having great force
a driving rain
a driving beat
b
: acting with vigor : energetic
a hard-driving worker

Examples of driving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web View Photos Some dual-motor all-wheel-drive electrics—such as early versions of the Tesla Model Y—offer more driving range than their two-wheel-drive analogs due to careful calibration to only use a single motor during the EPA's test cycles. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 17 Mar. 2023 On Earth, Nissan has set a 2020 goal for the market debut of cars that can navigate without human intervention under most driving conditions. Jeremy Hsu, IEEE Spectrum, 13 Jan. 2015 Part of this math was calculated when the system was to use autonomous 12-passenger vans, which have never materialized, and then by having four passengers in each autonomous SUV, with one person sitting in the non-driving driver’s seat. Curbed, 7 Jan. 2022 This non-driving person is entirely befuddled by such matters. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Other roads, however, like many of the passes in southern Colorado, require significantly more driving experience. Outside Online, 15 June 2020 Free-flowing, individual globs of cheese should be easy enough to grab with your non-driving hand on the way home, not clumped together like Mount Curd. Daniel Higgins, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2022 After Brown missed his own driving layup attempt with just over 6 seconds left, Middleton got the rebound. Steve Megargee, ajc, 11 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of driving was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Driving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/driving. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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