What does drove mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drovenoun

    a group of animals (a herd or flock) moving together

  2. drove, horde, swarmnoun

    a moving crowd

  3. drove, drove chiselnoun

    a stonemason's chisel with a broad edge for dressing stone


  1. drovenoun

    A number of cattle driven to market or new pastures.

  2. drovenoun

    A large number of people on the move (literally or figuratively).

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  3. drovenoun

    A road or track along which cattle are habitually driven

  4. droveverb

    to herd cattle; particularly over a long distance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Drovenoun

    Etymology: from drive.

    They brought to their stations many droves of cattle; and within a few days were brought out of the country two thousand muttons. John Hayward.

    A Spaniard is unacquainted with our northern droves. Brown.

    A drove of sheep, or an herd of oxen, may be managed by any noise or cry which the drivers shall accustom them to. Robert South, Sermons.

    The sounds and seas, with all their finny drove,
    Now to the moon in wavering morrice move. John Milton.

    But if to fame alone thou do’st pretend,
    The miser will his empty palace lend,
    Set wide with doors, adorn’d with plated brass,
    Where droves, as at a city-gate, may pass. John Dryden, Juven.


  1. drove

    A drovers' road, drove road, droveway, or simply a drove, is a route for droving livestock on foot from one place to another, such as to market or between summer and winter pasture (see transhumance). Many drovers' roads were ancient routes of unknown age; others are known to date back to medieval or more recent times.


  1. drove

    "Drove" is the past tense of "drive", which generally refers to the act of guiding or controlling a vehicle or mode of transportation such as a car, truck, or bus. It can also refer to the act of pushing, propelling, or forcing something to move in a certain direction. Additionally, "drove" may refer to moving or pushing forward a particular cause or initiative. It may also denote a group of animals moving in the same direction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drove

    of Drive

  2. Drove

    of Drive

  3. Drovenoun

    a collection of cattle driven, or cattle collected for driving; a number of animals, as oxen, sheep, or swine, driven in a body

  4. Drovenoun

    any collection of irrational animals, moving or driving forward; as, a finny drove

  5. Drovenoun

    a crowd of people in motion

  6. Drovenoun

    a road for driving cattle; a driftway

  7. Drovenoun

    a narrow drain or channel used in the irrigation of land

  8. Drovenoun

    a broad chisel used to bring stone to a nearly smooth surface; -- called also drove chisel

  9. Drovenoun

    the grooved surface of stone finished by the drove chisel; -- called also drove work

  10. Etymology: [Cf. Drove, n., and Drover.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drove

    drōv, pa.t. of Drive.—n. a number of cattle, or other animals, driven.—n. Drov′er, one whose occupation is to drive cattle: (Spens.) a boat. [A.S. dráfdrífan, to drive.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drove' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2790

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drove' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3418

Anagrams for drove »

  1. dover

  2. vedro

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drove in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drove in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of drove in a Sentence

  1. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders:

    Based on witness accounts, we have a vehicle that started north on Yonge Street from Finch( Avenue) and drove southbound at some point in times on sidewalks, at some point in times driving southbound in northbound lanes.

  2. Hilaria Baldwin:

    I drove around for an entire day trying to find a place.

  3. Neal Adams:

    His career was defined by unparalleled artistic talent and an unwavering character that drove him to constantly fight for his peers and those in need. He would become known in the comics industry as one of the most influential creators of all time and champion social and creator's rights.

  4. Rick Friedman:

    He killed his baby and [the baby is] in the house...His wife broke up with him over the phone yesterday...I can't even believe this is happening. Steven Pladl, 42, was found dead Thursday morning in his vehicle in Dover, N.Y., several miles from the New Milford, Conn., murder scene where Katie and her adoptive father, 56-year-old Anthony Fusco, were discovered. Those two were also found dead in a vehicle that had one of its windows shot out, police said. The child’s body was found inside Pladl's home, hundreds of miles south in Knightdale, N.C., the same day. Pladl’s mother -- the one who tipped off authorities about the toddler's death -- had obtained custody of the child Steven fathered with his daughter following their arrests in January for adultery and contributing to delinquency, police told WNCN. The mother lives in Cary, about a half hour’s drive from Knightdale, and reportedly told them that Steve had picked Bennett up from her home Wednesday night. April 12, 2018: Police work at the scene where Katie Pladl and her adoptive father, Anthony Fusco, were found dead. (AP/Hearst Connecticut Media ) The toddler was found dead around 9 a.m. Thursday after officers performed a welfare check on the Knightdale home, where Pladl -- and previously his daughter -- had lived. Katie Pladl moved out of the home earlier this year and was living with her adoptive family in New York after bonding out of jail in Virginia, WNCN reported, citing court documents. It appeared Steven Pladl drove through the night Wednesday to hunt down his daughter and Fusco. They were found dead around 8:40 a.m. Thursday, and Pladl shot himself shortly afterward. This is a terrible tragedy that nobody foresaw, i really believe that if the judges or the prosecutor or the defense attorneys in this case had any clue that the minor child or anyone would be harmed there would not be a bond set for any of the parties.

  5. Janet Jackson:

    It’s beautiful, it’s humbling to be recognized as someone who's had a positive impact, but if I have been fortunate enough to impact others it's only because I, myself, have been greatly impacted by positive people in my life, my mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable, my father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best I can.

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