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Past tense of drive.
a. A flock or herd being driven in a body.
b. often droves A large mass of people moving or acting as a body: people moving through the streets in droves.
a. A stonemason's broad-edged chisel used for rough hewing.
b. A stone surface dressed with such a chisel.
the past tense of drive
1. (Agriculture) a herd of livestock being driven together
2. (often plural) a moving crowd of people
3. (Civil Engineering) a narrow irrigation channel
4. (Tools) Also called: drove chisel a chisel with a broad edge used for dressing stone
a. (tr) to drive (a group of livestock), usually for a considerable distance
b. (intr) to be employed as a drover
6. (Tools) to work (a stone surface) with a drove
[Old English drāf herd; related to Middle Low German drēfwech cattle pasture; see drive, drift]
pt. of drive.
n., v. droved, drov•ing. n.
1. a number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a group; herd; flock.
2. Usu., droves. a large crowd of human beings, esp. in motion.
3. Also called drove′ chis`el. a chisel, from 2 to 4 in. (5 to 10 cm) broad at the edge, for dressing stones to an approximately true surface.v.t.
4. to dress (stone) with a drove.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English drāf that which is driven]
Drovea crowd of people moving in one direction; a number of cattle or other animals driven in a body. See also concourse, drift, flock.
Examples: drove of asses; of beasts, 1350; of bullocks; of cab-drivers—Lipton, 1970; of cattle, 1555; of heresies, 1692; of horses, 1764; of immoralities, 1692; of kine [‘cattle’]; of oxen; of young shoat [‘pigs’], 1707; of sheep, 1837; of swine.
Past participle: droved
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|Noun||1.||drove - a group of animals (a herd or flock) moving together|
animal group - a group of animals
|2.||drove - a moving crowd |
crowd - a large number of things or people considered together; "a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers"
|3.||drove - a stonemason's chisel with a broad edge for dressing stone|
chisel - an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge