Drove (?), imp.

of Drive.

 

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Drove, n. [AS. drAf, fr. drIfan to drive. See Drive.]

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.

 

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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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