- simple past tense of drive.
- a number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a group; herd; flock.
- Usually droves. a large crowd of human beings, especially in motion: They came to Yankee Stadium in droves.
- Also called drove chisel. Masonry. a chisel, from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) broad at the edge, for dressing stones to an approximately true surface.
verb (used with or without object), droved, drov·ing.
- to drive or deal in (cattle) as a drover; herd.
- Masonry. to work or smooth (stone) as with a drove.
- the past tense of drive
- a herd of livestock being driven together
- (often plural) a moving crowd of people
- a narrow irrigation channel
- Also called: drove chisel a chisel with a broad edge used for dressing stone
- (tr)to drive (a group of livestock), usually for a considerable distance
- (intr)to be employed as a drover
- to work (a stone surface) with a drove
Old English draf “beasts driven in a body, road along which cattle are driven,” originally “act of driving,” from drifan “to drive” (see drive (v.)).
Old English draf, past tense and obsolete past participle of drive (v.).