Definition of driving in English:


Syllabification: driv·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈdrīviNG


1(Of rain or snow) falling and being blown by the wind with great force: driving rain
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  • 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.
  • It wasn't the biggest or nicest fish but most welcome when conditions were hard and included gale force wind and driving rain.
1.1Having a strong and controlling influence: Macmillan was the driving force behind the plan a driving ambition
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  • Rogers said a driving force controlling the price of oil is supply and demand.
  • The shift toward more ecological means of pest control is a driving force in research and in growers' fields.
  • The Privatization Law was the driving force which influenced the form privatization would take in the 1990s.
1.2Energetic; dynamic: driving dance rhythms
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  • They do an excellent job with its driving rhythms and exciting primary colors.
  • The band merged a driving rhythm section with traditional Irish tunes in ways that had never been heard before.
  • With its opening driving bass rhythms and subdued organ entrance you are immediately seduced by its hypnotic beat.


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The control and operation of a motor vehicle: he was convicted of reckless driving [as modifier]: a driving course
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  • Reckless driving of private buses compounds the problem on the roads.
  • We propose doubling fines for offences that cause accidents such as drunken driving and reckless driving.
  • The negligence may not be related to the actual driving of the motor vehicle.

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