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driv·ing / ˈdrīving/ • adj. (of rain or snow) falling and being blown by the wind with great force: driving rain. ∎  having a strong and controlling influence: Macmillan was the driving force behind the plan | a driving ambition. ∎  energetic; dynamic: driving dance rhythms.• n. the control and operation of a motor vehicle: he was convicted of reckless driving | [as adj.] a driving course.