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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"
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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.
Several of Logitech currently available game controllers are also compatible with the new PLAYSTATION 3 console, including the award-winning Logitech[R] Driving Force Pro wheel.
Their safety has been and will continue to be the driving force behind our efforts to meet demand for this critically-needed equipment.
Lord Stuart Polak is a Tory peer, a corporate lobbyist and the driving force behind the Conservative Friends of Israel for more than 28 years.
PDK International has partnered with Driving Force Group to embark on an initiative to transform the education and outcomes for black boys in grades K-3.
The results show that inside-outside wheel braking force and driving force control in the area just before critical cornering occurs has a significant effect on vehicle stability.
Contributors from business, information, and computer science look at technology as the driving force behind all the big and small enterprises, innovation as the driving force behind all the new ways to deal with new problems and needs arising in industries and research, and enterprise transformation with acceptance and active growth technology.
Chair of Habitat for Humanity, Cannon Dr Shannon Ledbetter said: "Liza has been the driving force behind our charity for almost three years, leading us through some difficult challenges and forging strong relationships.
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.