driving

adjective
Updated on: 18 Mar 2018

Definition of driving

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

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First Known Use of driving

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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DRIVING Defined for English Language Learners

driving

Definition of driving for English Language Learners

  • : falling or blowing with great force and speed

  • —used in the phrase driving force to describe the person or thing that causes or controls something


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