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Meaning of DROVE

Pronunciation:  drowv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a chisel with a broad edge for dressing stone
  2. [n]  a moving crowd
  3. [n]  a group of animals (a herd or flock) moving together

DROVE is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: drove chisel, horde, swarm
 See Also: animal group, chisel, crowd



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Drove\, imp.
    of {Drive}.
  2. \Drove\, n. [AS. dr[=a]f, fr. dr[=i]fan to drive. See
    1. A collection of cattle driven, or cattle collected for
       driving; a number of animals, as oxen, sheep, or swine,
       driven in a body.
    2. Any collection of irrational animals, moving or driving
       forward; as, a finny drove. --Milton.
    3. A crowd of people in motion.
             Where droves, as at a city gate, may pass. --Dryden.
    4. A road for driving cattle; a driftway. [Eng.]
    5. (Agric.) A narrow drain or channel used in the irrigation
       of land. --Simmonds.
    6. (Masonry)
       (a) A broad chisel used to bring stone to a nearly smooth
           surface; -- called also {drove chisel}.
       (b) The grooved surface of stone finished by the drove
           chisel; -- called also {drove work}.
  3. \Drove\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Droved}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Droving}.] [Cf. {Drove}, n., and {Drover}.]
    1. To drive, as cattle or sheep, esp. on long journeys; to
       follow the occupation of a drover.
             He's droving now with Conroy's sheep along the
             Castlereagh.                          --Paterson.
    2. To finish, as stone, with a drove or drove chisel.
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