Definition of driving in English:



  • 1(of rain or snow) blown by the wind with great force.

    ‘driving rain’
    • ‘The game was played in dreadful conditions with driving rain and howling winds ruining the contest.’
    • ‘High winds and driving rain made crossings impossible.’
    • ‘There were gale force winds and driving rain across parts of Victoria too - but a bit more than two millimetres.’
    • ‘Having never flown before, it was particularly difficult in the high wind and driving rain.’
    • ‘Snow, sleet, driving rain and gale force winds were sweeping across the north west today (Saturday).’
    • ‘However, this month the winds and driving rain so far prevented any such activity and hopes for an early clean up so far are postponed.’
    • ‘The players had to contend with driving rain and gale force wind.’
    • ‘The driving rain, high winds and the cold made it absolutely impossible to consider this as anything other than madness.’
    • ‘It began sloppily with swirling wind and driving rain hampering the early action.’
    • ‘As well as the wind we now had driving rain to contend with.’
    • ‘I woke the next morning to driving rain and howling winds.’
    • ‘The howling wind and driving rain had created zero visibility conditions.’
    • ‘November is a month of driving rains and howling winds, an in-between time without any clearly defined season.’
    • ‘Snow in the early hours of yesterday gave way to wind and driving rain by the time the search began and although the teams had a wet time of it, it did not hamper their inquiries.’
    • ‘This was a very exciting game with some great play by both teams in driving rain and wind.’
    • ‘Through most of the race, the riders were subjected to fierce winds and a driving rain that made it difficult to see the rider in front.’
    • ‘There are still only 80 to 90 days a year when work is possible - you cannot paint in high winds and driving rain.’
    • ‘As driving rain and wind played havoc with both teams' attacking play in the second period, the game deteriorated into a succession of handling errors.’
    • ‘It wasn't the biggest or nicest fish but most welcome when conditions were hard and included gale force wind and driving rain.’
    • ‘Both teams made light of the wind and driving rain to produce a great game of football at the Youth Centre.’
    assertive, forceful, competitive, insistent, vigorous, energetic, dynamic, driving, bold, audacious, enterprising, go-ahead, zealous, pushing
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    1. 1.1Having a strong and controlling influence.
      ‘he was the driving force behind the plan’
      ‘a driving ambition’
      • ‘Striving for that target could in itself be a powerful driving force.’
      • ‘This last example suggests that the driving force for women's full integration into the armed forces has been manpower shortage.’
      • ‘Whilst Paul is obviously a successful businessman, making money has not been his driving force or ambition.’
      • ‘Her daughter's well being was the most powerful driving force to him.’
      • ‘Envy and the feeling that it is unfair for some nations to be so rich and others to be so poor can be a powerful, driving force.’
      • ‘The most potent driving force for this is material aspiration, stimulated by open exchanges with other societies.’
      • ‘After all, obstacles are not insurmountable when passion is the driving force.’
      • ‘Recent world events have been the driving influence in a new program to improve interoperability between close allies.’
      • ‘The president said the media has been a driving force for him and his staff, forcing him to examine and improve their overall performance.’
      • ‘The shift toward more ecological means of pest control is a driving force in research and in growers' fields.’
      • ‘The heath is a driving force in itself, a force that goes by its own free will and nature.’
      • ‘So what were the real driving influences behind the album?’
      • ‘I don't think Keane has been at his best this season but is still a fantastic player and a driving influence for the club.’
      • ‘The swing is behaving like a tuned resonator which responds strongly to a driving force at its own natural frequency but is less responsive at other frequencies.’
      • ‘Volunteers would recognize themselves as a positive driving force in all Nova Scotian communities if there were such a year.’
      • ‘Rogers said a driving force controlling the price of oil is supply and demand.’
      • ‘The Privatization Law was the driving force which influenced the form privatization would take in the 1990s.’
      • ‘The grandmother has been the driving force behind the project to transform the crumbling control tower into a new visitor attraction.’
      • ‘He controlled the game at that stage and he was the driving force as Kerry pushed forward for a succession of great scores.’
      • ‘By controlling the rate of cooling, one can control the driving force of the crystallisation process.’
      energetic, spirited, active, lively, zestful, vital, vigorous, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, positive, effective, effectual, high-powered, aggressive, driving, pushing, bold, enterprising
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  • [mass noun] The control and operation of a motor vehicle.

    ‘he was convicted of reckless driving’
    • ‘They were for a variety of arrests - including drugs, motoring offences, disqualified driving, theft and robbery.’
    • ‘The most immediate problem is the spate of reckless and dangerously fast driving that has been taking place on a nightly basis.’
    • ‘He was jailed for five years for causing death by driving without due care and attention, perverting the course of justice and driving while disqualified.’
    • ‘Last year local councils in London were given powers to fine motorists for bad driving, in particular for blocking yellow hatched box junctions.’
    • ‘A police investigation blamed the driver of the minibus for reckless driving.’
    • ‘He had four penalty points on his driving licence imposed in May 2002 for an offence of careless driving.’
    • ‘More serious motoring offences such as uninsured driving would carry a £10 surcharge.’
    • ‘We propose doubling fines for offences that cause accidents such as drunken driving and reckless driving.’
    • ‘By reducing the cost of accidents, these innovations only encourage reckless driving.’
    • ‘He amazed the crowd with his perfect driving skills and the control over the machine.’
    • ‘This wasn't just a matter of annoying suburban commuters - it was truly reckless driving.’
    • ‘Just so there's no ambiguity: I am not in favour of speeding, or any reckless driving.’
    • ‘The pros give a training course in safe off-road driving before letting you behind the wheel.’
    • ‘The negligence may not be related to the actual driving of the motor vehicle.’
    • ‘He was arrested and charged with drunken driving, malicious damage to property and reckless and negligent driving.’
    • ‘The bus driver was detained for reckless driving; the motorcycle driver got away.’
    • ‘Interestingly private truck driving was never forbidden.’
    • ‘Reckless driving of private buses compounds the problem on the roads.’
    • ‘Day to day driving could bring about the introduction of these elements to your engine.’
    • ‘English law contains a number of offences which penalize the driving of a motor vehicle on a road in circumstances or in a manner which may cause harm.’
    expulsion, ejection, ousting, throwing out, drumming out, driving out, banishing, banishment, removal, dislodgement, displacement, clearance
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  • in the driving (or driver's) seat

    • In control of a situation.

      ‘all chairmen love being in the driving seat’
      • ‘You have the ability to be in the driver's seat by taking a proactive role in constructing contracting.’
      • ‘Instead, they like the handout approach since it keeps them in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘Coury was in the driver's seat to help take the merged company public a year later.’
      • ‘If the plan is to work, it will require dedication, even passion, from whoever is in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘However, more often than not these pop hits were composed with someone else in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘Indeed, his sterling connections may not be enough to land him in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘This show is unique because the audience is in the driver's seat - you'll see what I mean.’
      • ‘President Nujoma will remain in the driver's seat for a good time yet.’
      • ‘But there was no doubt that they remained firmly in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘If you understand that you are responsible for your own life, you are in the driver's seat.’
      in charge, in command, in control, responsible, at the top, in authority, in the seat of authority, at the wheel, in the driving seat, in the saddle
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