Definition of driver in US English:



  • 1A person who drives a vehicle.

    ‘a taxi driver’
    ‘student drivers’
    • ‘If he's a student, a daily driver probably drives a vehicle that used to belong to his parents.’
    • ‘That, in the view of this paper and thousands of frustrated motorists, bus passengers, taxi drivers and truckers, is totally unacceptable.’
    • ‘Speed cameras do not detect drunk-drivers, careless drivers, uninsured drivers, unlicensed drivers, stolen vehicles or crooks in getaway cars.’
    • ‘Why don't you get the opinion of people who use the system, such as bus drivers and taxi drivers, instead of someone down the road?’
    • ‘Surely, however, the views of the drivers of the 40,000 vehicles, who often are themselves residents of the wider local area, are equally important.’
    • ‘But police are concerned that most of those stopped were delivery drivers or drivers of other commercial vehicles.’
    • ‘Speeding by drivers of heavy vehicles, especially those of private buses, has become a real threat to fellow road users and pedestrians alike.’
    • ‘Clearways and other parking restrictions will be in force on roads around the racecourse and police have warned drivers their vehicles will be towed away if parked illegally.’
    • ‘Officers acting on tip-offs and targeting suspicious vehicles found 22 drivers to be breaking the law’
    • ‘A North Yorkshire police spokesman said the driver of the other vehicle and a passing motorist managed to put out the fire before the fire service arrived.’
    • ‘A campaign to change the law to protect drivers of emergency vehicles from prosecution has been stepped up after a speeding charge against an ambulanceman was dropped.’
    • ‘Many truck drivers also park their vehicles in this area.’
    • ‘The arrests came after the police received reports that a gang of youths were allegedly hurling racist abuse at taxi drivers and damaging vehicles.’
    • ‘This is because, car owners are more careful drivers, than heavy vehicle drivers.’
    • ‘Recently, drivers of high-accessibility vehicles have been using the cart-tracks and even the meadows as short cuts.’
    • ‘Since the introduction of the Australian Road Rules in December 1999 heavy vehicle drivers must wear a seatbelt if it is fitted in their vehicle.’
    • ‘Utility workers, Social Security employees, students and taxi drivers rallied in support of the strikers in San Jose on the same day.’
    • ‘People of all ages stood on the footpaths cheering on the vehicles and their drivers as they passed through the towns generously donating into the collection boxes.’
    • ‘He proposed the council give incentives to taxi drivers to convert their vehicles to liquefied petroleum gas, which is much cleaner.’
    • ‘Others will be taxi drivers, students, shopkeepers or their sons.’
    1. 1.1 A person who drives a specified kind of animal.
      ‘mule drivers’
      • ‘He strode boldly up the bank towards the mule driver and tipped his hat.’
      • ‘The smith walked the driver out to the stables, where he untied the horses.’
      • ‘The driver whistled to the mules and they slowed to a steady walk.’
      • ‘Urged on by the players, the drivers of the mules took some frightening risks.’
  • 2A wheel or other part in a mechanism that receives power directly and transmits motion to other parts.

    • ‘The internal receiving coil is connected to a receiver that provides electrical energy to the mechanical driver.’
    • ‘Typically the cogenerator consists of an energy source, a mechanical driver and an electric generator.’
    • ‘All the drivers and the trailing wheel down one side are to be equalized in one system, and the same down the other side, for the other two points.’
    1. 2.1Electronics A device or part of a circuit that provides power for output.
      • ‘Servo drivers with digital signal processors provide alternatives to analog servo drivers.’
      • ‘LSI has chosen to put the power amplifier for the line driver into the codec chip.’
      • ‘The output node of the gate driver is provided between the upper and lower transistors.’
      • ‘In one typical environment, the learning programmable limit switch is connected to an output shaft of a driver.’
      • ‘Passive-matrix designs require individual drivers for each pixel, limiting the feasible number of pixels.’
    2. 2.2Computing A program that controls the operation of a device such as a printer or scanner.
      • ‘It is also working to add various hardware device drivers to the operating system.’
      • ‘It will include desktops and laptops, plus printers, scanners, CD-ROM drivers and software when bought in the same transaction as the computer.’
      • ‘It means you can put exactly the same bundle of applications, drivers and operating system onto any machine and be certain there won't be problems.’
      • ‘The input manager operates between a device driver and a player application program.’
      • ‘Every product is provided with the drivers on CD ROM, together with a manual in PDF.’
  • 3A factor which causes a particular phenomenon to happen or develop.

    ‘the hope of achieving such monopolies becomes the main driver of investment’
    • ‘There have been three main drivers behind the buy-to-let boom.’
    • ‘In addition, if the main drivers of UK retail banking slow next year, buying another firm may be the only way for Lloyds to grow.’
    • ‘But, for McCall, the main driver behind the move is circulation.’
    • ‘Falling global inflation and strong domestic growth were the main drivers of exceptional investment returns in the 1980s and 1990s.’
    • ‘The main drivers of the surge are hedge funds - secretive, loosely regulated pools of capital deployed to take extra risks to achieve above-average returns.’
    • ‘The main drivers of change are now transnational corporations rather than national governments.’
    • ‘But the shares could still be one of the main drivers in the market.’
    • ‘Business investment was again the main driver, along with net exports and housing.’
    • ‘The main driver behind the merger had been the weak demand in the past few years for steel, one of the world's most basic industrial products.’
    • ‘Continued loan growth as well as cost savings are set to be the main drivers of banking profits in 2005 and beyond.’
    • ‘This is convenient but not the main driver behind the change.’
    • ‘There are three main drivers of this debt explosion.’
    • ‘Its main driver, though, seems to be the attempt to legislate away the problems of a post-colonial country steeped in racism of all kinds.’
    • ‘Sentiment towards the housing market, therefore, will be the main driver of the companies share price in the short term.’
    • ‘By now you will have probably detected the main dramatic drivers of the story.’
    • ‘Tony Blair promised to be tough on the causes of crime but two of the main drivers of crime are alcohol and drugs.’
    • ‘That's one of the main drivers to get this system extended throughout the whole of Craven.’
  • 4A golf club with a flat face and wooden head, used for driving from the tee.

    • ‘If you hit 10 golf balls at the driving range with your driver, you'll improve by the eighth swing or so.’
    • ‘Some golfers are buying high-COR drivers even though the USGA hasn't made a final decision.’
    • ‘I don't think golfers have enough loft on their drivers, especially amateurs.’
    • ‘On a flat and wide fairway, use your driver, and record the distances of each ball.’
    • ‘Some of the greens were so steeply sloped that the ball didn't stop, and you had to get your driver out to putt it back uphill.’
    • ‘To flatten out your swing, hit some drivers with the ball teed up on top of a golf pencil.’
    • ‘I always use the same six clubs, working my way up from the sand wedge to the driver.’
    • ‘I'm always fooling with new drivers, fairway woods and putters, but I don't switch very often.’
    • ‘For most golfers, adding loft to their drivers will add an average of at least 10 yards to their drives.’
    • ‘This is because today's golf balls are designed to spin less off drivers.’
    • ‘On tight holes, hit a lofted wood off the tee instead of the driver, or even a middle iron.’
    • ‘Play with golf-themed tokens including a golf cart, a driver, a putter and a bucket of balls!’
    • ‘The veteran managed to go to the top of the leaderboard despite using her driver on only eight occasions.’
    • ‘On the range, use your driver or fairway wood and put the ball on a tee.’
    • ‘Wooden drivers had a higher centre of gravity, and it was tough to get them airborne off the ground unless you had a swing like Sam Snead's.’
    • ‘I was able to research irons, drivers, putters, you name it.’
    • ‘Our panel reviewed drivers, fairway woods, irons, wedges, putters, balls and hybrid clubs.’


  • in the driver's seat

    • In control of or dominating a situation.

      ‘the tax issue is back in the driver's seat of American politics’
      • ‘Here, drought is in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘Dan Moore is making plans to get back in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘In many different respects, they just want a place in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he commends the President's approach for beginning to "put the consumer in the driver's seat."’
      • ‘Young people throughout the world find irresistible the prospect of being in the driver's seat of their own lives.’
      • ‘Putting "experts" back in the driver's seat will drive his Digital Universe project.’
      • ‘Markets, not morality, are in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘The politicians were in the driver's seat!’
      • ‘Well, we knew they would, they are just too good to not spend at least part of the season in the drivers ' seat.’
      • ‘Utah fans are thinking that they are in the driver's seat.’