Definition of driver in US English:



  • 1A person who drives a vehicle.

    ‘a taxi driver’
    ‘student drivers’
    • ‘Speeding by drivers of heavy vehicles, especially those of private buses, has become a real threat to fellow road users and pedestrians alike.’
    • ‘Many truck drivers also park their vehicles in this area.’
    • ‘Speed cameras do not detect drunk-drivers, careless drivers, uninsured drivers, unlicensed drivers, stolen vehicles or crooks in getaway cars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If he's a student, a daily driver probably drives a vehicle that used to belong to his parents.’
    • ‘But police are concerned that most of those stopped were delivery drivers or drivers of other commercial vehicles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Officers acting on tip-offs and targeting suspicious vehicles found 22 drivers to be breaking the law’
    • ‘Recently, drivers of high-accessibility vehicles have been using the cart-tracks and even the meadows as short cuts.’
    • ‘Others will be taxi drivers, students, shopkeepers or their sons.’
    • ‘This is because, car owners are more careful drivers, than heavy vehicle drivers.’
    • ‘The arrests came after the police received reports that a gang of youths were allegedly hurling racist abuse at taxi drivers and damaging vehicles.’
    • ‘He proposed the council give incentives to taxi drivers to convert their vehicles to liquefied petroleum gas, which is much cleaner.’
    • ‘That, in the view of this paper and thousands of frustrated motorists, bus passengers, taxi drivers and truckers, is totally unacceptable.’
    • ‘Utility workers, Social Security employees, students and taxi drivers rallied in support of the strikers in San Jose on the same day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

    • ‘Typically the cogenerator consists of an energy source, a mechanical driver and an electric generator.’
    • ‘The internal receiving coil is connected to a receiver that provides electrical energy to the mechanical driver.’
    • ‘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.’
      • ‘The output node of the gate driver is provided between the upper and lower transistors.’
      • ‘Passive-matrix designs require individual drivers for each pixel, limiting the feasible number of pixels.’
      • ‘In one typical environment, the learning programmable limit switch is connected to an output shaft of a driver.’
      • ‘LSI has chosen to put the power amplifier for the line driver into the codec chip.’
    2. 2.2Computing A program that controls the operation of a device such as a printer or scanner.
      • ‘The input manager operates between a device driver and a player application program.’
      • ‘It will include desktops and laptops, plus printers, scanners, CD-ROM drivers and software when bought in the same transaction as the computer.’
      • ‘It is also working to add various hardware device drivers to the operating system.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is convenient but not the main driver behind the change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sentiment towards the housing market, therefore, will be the main driver of the companies share price in the short term.’
    • ‘Tony Blair promised to be tough on the causes of crime but two of the main drivers of crime are alcohol and drugs.’
    • ‘But the shares could still be one of the main drivers in the market.’
    • ‘But, for McCall, the main driver behind the move is circulation.’
    • ‘There have been three main drivers behind the buy-to-let boom.’
    • ‘Business investment was again the main driver, along with net exports and housing.’
    • ‘There are three main drivers of this debt explosion.’
    • ‘The main drivers of change are now transnational corporations rather than national governments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Falling global inflation and strong domestic growth were the main drivers of exceptional investment returns in the 1980s and 1990s.’
    • ‘That's one of the main drivers to get this system extended throughout the whole of Craven.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By now you will have probably detected the main dramatic drivers of the story.’
    • ‘Continued loan growth as well as cost savings are set to be the main drivers of banking profits in 2005 and beyond.’
  • 4A golf club with a flat face and wooden head, used for driving from the tee.

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


  • 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’
      • ‘Putting "experts" back in the driver's seat will drive his Digital Universe project.’
      • ‘Well, we knew they would, they are just too good to not spend at least part of the season in the drivers ' seat.’
      • ‘Markets, not morality, are 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.’
      • ‘Dan Moore is making plans to get back in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘Here, drought is in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘The politicians were in the driver's seat!’
      • ‘Utah fans are thinking that they are in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘In many different respects, they just want a place in the driver's seat.’