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  • enPR: drīʹvĭng, IPA(key): /ˈdɹaɪvɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪvɪŋ

Etymology 1[edit]

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.



  1. present participle of drive


driving (comparative more driving, superlative most driving)

  1. That drives (a mechanism or process).
  2. (of wind, rain, etc): That drives forcefully; strong; forceful; violent
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English driving, drivinge, equivalent to drive +‎ -ing. Compare Dutch drijving, German Treibung.


English Wikipedia has an article on:

driving (countable and uncountable, plural drivings)

  1. The action of the verb to drive in any sense.
  2. In particular, the action of operating a motor vehicle.
    • 2013 June 22, “Snakes and ladders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 76:
      Risk is everywhere. From tabloid headlines insisting that coffee causes cancer (yesterday, of course, it cured it) to stern government warnings about alcohol and driving, the world is teeming with goblins.
    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.
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