Adjective "droves" definition and examples

(Droves may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/drəʊv/

Definitions and examples

    noun

    A herd or flock of animals being driven in a body.
    1. 'These ‘sunbirds’ are returning in their droves following the winter migration.'
    2. 'Droves of cattle are, however, apt to be troublesome to the owners and tenants of the grounds through or near which they pass.'
    3. 'tourists have stayed away in droves this summer'
    4. 'When the British finally gave up Boston, people fled the city in droves to escape the disease, and even the feeblest attempts at containment were no longer possible.'
    5. 'The tour to promote her memoirs has seen fans turning up in droves to book-signing sessions, including hundreds in Piccadilly, central London.'
    6. 'Today the temples are a major tourist attraction, well worth the grinding bus trip from Agra or Gwalior, and the curious arrive in droves from all over the world to gawp and snigger at this unyielding display of raunchiness.'
    7. 'As it turns out, one-time fans stayed away in droves because, quite frankly, they were embarrassed to admit they liked these bands in the first place.'
    8. 'It seems similarly unwise to assume that the army will defect in droves or that the population will rise to welcome the invaders, especially if they have no idea of what might follow an invasion.'
    9. 'Our new members volunteered in droves to join us on expeditions as cooks, divers, doctors, etc.'
    10. 'I am sure the people of York will turn out in droves to see some great rugby, of both 13-a-side and of nine-a-side.'
    11. 'In plain terms, his personal life throughout the 1990s was a million miles removed from the cool, casual persona which has attracted viewers of I'm A Celebrity in droves.'
    12. 'And send them, in droves, to the corporate media.'

    verb

    Drive (livestock, especially cattle) to market.
    1. 'Memories of dust, droving, campfires and wide-open stretches of bushland came flooding back for Alf McCarley last month.'
    2. 'Another early visitor was Nathaniel Buchanan while droving cattle from Queensland to Glencoe Station.'
    3. 'In the area I know, Somerset and Wiltshire, there is evidence of the involvement of the Welsh in this trade, and in particular, in the droving of cattle and sheep.'

    More definitions

    1. simple past tense of drive. drove2 [drohv] /droʊv/ Spell Syllables noun

    1. a number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a group; herd; flock.

    2. Usually, droves. a large crowd of human beings, especially in motion: They came to Yankee Stadium in droves.

    3. 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, dro

    More examples(as adjective)

    "years can be droves."

    "weeks can be droves."

    "covers can be droves."

    Origin

    (drove)Old English drāf, related to drīfan ‘to drive’.