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driving force

n
the main factor that causes something to happen
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.driving force - the act of applying force to propel somethingdriving force - the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
actuation, propulsion - the act of propelling
firewall - (colloquial) the application of maximum thrust; "he moved the throttle to the firewall"
impetus, impulsion, impulse - the act of applying force suddenly; "the impulse knocked him over"
References in classic literature ?
I think we may say the same of all the habits and aptitudes that we acquire in all of them there has been present throughout some instinctive activity, prompting at first rather inefficient movements, but supplying the driving force while more and more effective methods are being acquired.
The great driving force of the oligarchs is the belief that they are doing right.
Founder member and guitarist Paul Kantner is still the band's driving force, though the line-up has evolved over the years and now includes
THE main driving force behind Scottish independence is not the difference between England and Scotland, but the difference between London and the rest of the UK.
The Ali brothers were the driving force behind the Khilafat Movement, which was concerned with the fate of the Caliph in the Ottoman Empire, but got entwined with the merging mass-based struggle for Indian freedom from British rule, of which Gandhi was the driving force.
5m last year - will become part of gap's specialist driving division, Driving Force.
Gap Personnel, based in Wrexham, is creating five regional hubs across England in a multi-million pound boost to its Driving Force brand.
Summary: DUBAI - assessment for 2010, as part of the corporation's commitment to high performers and belief that they are the driving force behind enhancing a company's performance.
Vauxhall Motors has pledged to become a driving force behind football in the UK after completing a historic clean sweep of home association national sponsorships.
In partnership with the FAs, it is our intention to become a driving force behind football supporting the senior and grass roots game across the whole of the UK.
Summary: The promotion of SMEs, as a mechanism of jobs creation and development driving force is means to guard against the impacts of world financial crisis, assessed Wednesday in Algiers economists and experts in companies management.
BARRY HAYLES has been the driving force behind many of Plymouth's good results in 2007, and his suspension this afternoon will hit Argyle hard.