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drive British & World English

Operate and control the direction and speed of a motor vehicle

drive English Thesaurus

you can't drive a car without a speedometer

fly by the seat of one's pants British & World English

Rely on instinct rather than logic or knowledge

let drive British & World English

Attack with blows, missiles, or criticism

drive bay British & World English

A space inside a computer in which a floppy disk, hard disk, or disk drive can be accommodated

drive-by British & World English

(Of a shooting or other act) carried out from a passing vehicle

drive-in British & World English

Denoting a facility such as a cinema or restaurant that one can visit without leaving one’s car

drive-on British & World English

Denoting a ferry or train on to and from which motor vehicles may be driven

fly-drive British & World English

Denoting a package holiday which includes a flight and car rental at the destination

off drive British & World English

A drive to the off side

on drive British & World English

A drive to the on side

sex drive British & World English

A person’s urge to seek satisfaction of their sexual needs

Zip drive British & World English

A disk drive that stores data on high-capacity removable magnetic disks, often used for data backup

drive-by New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen, two words as verb)

belt drive British & World English

A mechanism in which power is transmitted by the movement of a continuous flexible belt

chain drive British & World English

A mechanism in which power is transmitted from an engine to the wheels of a vehicle or a boat’s propeller by means of a moving endless chain

combo drive British & World English

An optical disk drive that can read and record CDs and can also read DVDs

cover drive British & World English

A drive past cover point

disk drive British & World English

A device which allows a computer to read from and write on to computer disks

drive belt British & World English

A belt that transmits drive from a motor, engine, or line shaft to a moving part or machine tool

drive chain British & World English

An endless chain with links that engage with toothed wheels in order to transmit power from one shaft to another in an engine or machine tool

drive time British & World English

(Especially in broadcasting) the parts of the day when many people commute by car

final drive British & World English

The last part of the transmission system in a motor vehicle

flash drive British & World English

A small electronic device containing flash memory that is used for storing data or transferring it to or from a computer, digital camera, etc.

hard drive British & World English

A disk drive used to read from and write to a hard disk

line drive British & World English

A powerfully struck shot that travels close to the ground

motor drive British & World English

A mechanical system that includes an electric motor and drives a machine

self-drive British & World English

(Of a hired vehicle) driven by the person who hires the vehicle, rather than a professional driver

shaft drive British & World English

A mechanism in which power is transmitted from an engine by means of a driveshaft, especially to the wheels of a vehicle or a boat’s propeller

slave-drive British & World English

Make (someone) work very hard

test drive British & World English

An act of driving a motor vehicle that one is considering buying, in order to determine its quality

thumb drive British & World English

Another term for USB flash drive

test drive New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen as verb)

direct-drive British & World English

Denoting or relating to mechanical parts driven directly by a motor, without a belt or other device to transmit power

drive system British & World English

The part of an engine, computer, or mechanical device that brings about its dynamic movement

drive-through British & World English

Denoting a restaurant or other facility in which one can be served without leaving one’s car

floppy drive British & World English

A device which allows a computer to read from and write on to floppy disks

pledge drive British & World English

A fundraising campaign that encourages people to promise donations to a particular cause

all-wheel drive British & World English

North American term for four-wheel drive.

four-wheel drive British & World English

A transmission system which provides power directly to all four wheels of a vehicle

friction drive British & World English

A transmission system used in motor vehicles that depends upon friction between moving parts in contact to transmit motion

keychain drive British & World English

Another term for USB flash drive

left-hand drive British & World English

A motor-vehicle steering system with the steering wheel and other controls fitted on the left side, designed for use in countries where vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road

rear-wheel drive British & World English

A transmission system that provides power to the rear wheels of a motor vehicle

right-hand drive British & World English

A motor-vehicle steering system with the steering wheel and other controls fitted on the right side, designed for use in countries where vehicles drive on the left side of the road

two-wheel drive British & World English

A transmission system in a motor vehicle, providing power to either the front or the rear wheels only

four-wheel drive New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen; abbreviation 4WD, f.w.d.)


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