From Middle English dryvyng, drivende, from Old English drīfende, from Proto-Germanic *drībandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *drībaną (“to drive”), equivalent to drive + -ing. Cognate with Saterland Frisian drieuwend, West Frisian driuwend, Dutch drijvend, German Low German drievend, German treibend, Swedish drivande.
- That drives (a mechanism or process).
- (of wind, rain, etc): That drives forcefully; strong; forceful; violent
- The action of the verb to drive in any sense.
- In particular, the action of operating a motor vehicle.
- In the European Union, driving on the right is practised everywhere except in the British Isles, Malta and Cyprus, where driving on the left is practised.