Definition of driver in English:



  • 1A person who drives a vehicle.

    ‘a taxi driver’
    ‘student drivers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others will be taxi drivers, students, shopkeepers or their sons.’
    • ‘This is because, car owners are more careful drivers, than heavy vehicle drivers.’
    • ‘Utility workers, Social Security employees, students and taxi drivers rallied in support of the strikers in San Jose on the same day.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He proposed the council give incentives to taxi drivers to convert their vehicles to liquefied petroleum gas, which is much cleaner.’
    • ‘Many truck drivers also park their vehicles in this area.’
    • ‘Officers acting on tip-offs and targeting suspicious vehicles found 22 drivers to be breaking the law’
    • ‘But police are concerned that most of those stopped were delivery drivers or drivers of other commercial vehicles.’
    • ‘The arrests came after the police received reports that a gang of youths were allegedly hurling racist abuse at taxi drivers and damaging vehicles.’
    • ‘If he's a student, a daily driver probably drives a vehicle that used to belong to his parents.’
    • ‘Speeding by drivers of heavy vehicles, especially those of private buses, has become a real threat to fellow road users and pedestrians alike.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recently, drivers of high-accessibility vehicles have been using the cart-tracks and even the meadows as short cuts.’
    pilot, operator, engineer
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    1. 1.1A person who drives a specified kind of animal.
      ‘mule drivers’
      • ‘The driver whistled to the mules and they slowed to a steady walk.’
      • ‘The smith walked the driver out to the stables, where he untied the horses.’
      • ‘Urged on by the players, the drivers of the mules took some frightening risks.’
      • ‘He strode boldly up the bank towards the mule driver and tipped his hat.’
  • 2A wheel or other part in a mechanism that receives power directly and transmits motion to other parts.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1Electronics A device or part of a circuit that provides power for output.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The output node of the gate driver is provided between the upper and lower transistors.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2Computing A program that controls the operation of a device such as a printer or scanner.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It will include desktops and laptops, plus printers, scanners, CD-ROM drivers and software when bought in the same transaction as the computer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is also working to add various hardware device drivers to the operating system.’
  • 3A factor that 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.’
    • ‘That's one of the main drivers to get this system extended throughout the whole of Craven.’
    • ‘This is convenient but not the main driver behind the change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The main drivers of change are now transnational corporations rather than national governments.’
    • ‘Sentiment towards the housing market, therefore, will be the main driver of the companies share price in the short term.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tony Blair promised to be tough on the causes of crime but two of the main drivers of crime are alcohol and drugs.’
    • ‘Falling global inflation and strong domestic growth were the main drivers of exceptional investment returns in the 1980s and 1990s.’
    • ‘Continued loan growth as well as cost savings are set to be the main drivers of banking profits in 2005 and beyond.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Business investment was again the main driver, along with net exports and housing.’
    • ‘But, for McCall, the main driver behind the move is circulation.’
    • ‘There are three main drivers of this debt explosion.’
    • ‘But the shares could still be one of the main drivers in the market.’
  • 4A golf club with a flat face and wooden head, used for driving from the tee.

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