Definition of driving in English:

driving

adjective

  • 1[attributive] (of rain or snow) falling and being blown by the wind with great force.

    ‘driving rain’
    • ‘This was a very exciting game with some great play by both teams in driving rain and wind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘High winds and driving rain made crossings impossible.’
    • ‘I woke the next morning to driving rain and howling winds.’
    • ‘The players had to contend with driving rain and gale force wind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The howling wind and driving rain had created zero visibility conditions.’
    • ‘Having never flown before, it was particularly difficult in the high wind and driving rain.’
    • ‘It wasn't the biggest or nicest fish but most welcome when conditions were hard and included gale force wind and driving rain.’
    • ‘The driving rain, high winds and the cold made it absolutely impossible to consider this as anything other than madness.’
    • ‘Snow, sleet, driving rain and gale force winds were sweeping across the north west today (Saturday).’
    • ‘There were gale force winds and driving rain across parts of Victoria too - but a bit more than two millimetres.’
    • ‘There are still only 80 to 90 days a year when work is possible - you cannot paint in high winds and driving rain.’
    • ‘The game was played in dreadful conditions with driving rain and howling winds ruining the contest.’
    • ‘November is a month of driving rains and howling winds, an in-between time without any clearly defined season.’
    • ‘It began sloppily with swirling wind and driving rain hampering the early action.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both teams made light of the wind and driving rain to produce a great game of football at the Youth Centre.’
    • ‘As well as the wind we now had driving rain to contend with.’
    • ‘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.’
    assertive, forceful, competitive, insistent, vigorous, energetic, dynamic, driving, bold, audacious, enterprising, go-ahead, zealous, pushing
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    1. 1.1 Having a strong and controlling influence.
      ‘Macmillan was the driving force behind the plan’
      ‘a driving ambition’
      • ‘The heath is a driving force in itself, a force that goes by its own free will and nature.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The shift toward more ecological means of pest control is a driving force in research and in growers' fields.’
      • ‘This last example suggests that the driving force for women's full integration into the armed forces has been manpower shortage.’
      • ‘Recent world events have been the driving influence in a new program to improve interoperability between close allies.’
      • ‘The Privatization Law was the driving force which influenced the form privatization would take in the 1990s.’
      • ‘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 grandmother has been the driving force behind the project to transform the crumbling control tower into a new visitor attraction.’
      • ‘Her daughter's well being was the most powerful driving force to him.’
      • ‘After all, obstacles are not insurmountable when passion is the driving force.’
      • ‘He controlled the game at that stage and he was the driving force as Kerry pushed forward for a succession of great scores.’
      • ‘Striving for that target could in itself be a powerful driving force.’
      • ‘By controlling the rate of cooling, one can control the driving force of the crystallisation process.’
      • ‘Whilst Paul is obviously a successful businessman, making money has not been his driving force or ambition.’
      • ‘Rogers said a driving force controlling the price of oil is supply and demand.’
      • ‘Volunteers would recognize themselves as a positive driving force in all Nova Scotian communities if there were such a year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The president said the media has been a driving force for him and his staff, forcing him to examine and improve their overall performance.’
      • ‘So what were the real driving influences behind the album?’
      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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    2. 1.2 Energetic; dynamic.
      ‘driving dance rhythms’
      • ‘The band merged a driving rhythm section with traditional Irish tunes in ways that had never been heard before.’
      • ‘They do an excellent job with its driving rhythms and exciting primary colors.’
      • ‘Both tracks serve as a smooth cool-down to a rather effective and driving dance compilation.’
      • ‘His choreography is full of intricate rhythms done with up-tempo swing and other driving jazz music forms.’
      • ‘With its opening driving bass rhythms and subdued organ entrance you are immediately seduced by its hypnotic beat.’

noun

  • The control and operation of a motor vehicle.

    ‘he was convicted of reckless driving’
    [as modifier] ‘a driving course’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Interestingly private truck driving was never forbidden.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The most immediate problem is the spate of reckless and dangerously fast driving that has been taking place on a nightly basis.’
    • ‘Last year local councils in London were given powers to fine motorists for bad driving, in particular for blocking yellow hatched box junctions.’
    • ‘The bus driver was detained for reckless driving; the motorcycle driver got away.’
    • ‘This wasn't just a matter of annoying suburban commuters - it was truly reckless driving.’
    • ‘A police investigation blamed the driver of the minibus for reckless driving.’
    • ‘They were for a variety of arrests - including drugs, motoring offences, disqualified driving, theft and robbery.’
    • ‘Just so there's no ambiguity: I am not in favour of speeding, or any reckless driving.’
    • ‘He amazed the crowd with his perfect driving skills and the control over the machine.’
    • ‘More serious motoring offences such as uninsured driving would carry a £10 surcharge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had four penalty points on his driving licence imposed in May 2002 for an offence of careless driving.’
    • ‘The pros give a training course in safe off-road driving before letting you behind the wheel.’
    expulsion, ejection, ousting, throwing out, drumming out, driving out, banishing, banishment, removal, dislodgement, displacement, clearance
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Pronunciation:

driving

/ˈdrīviNG/