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DROVE, preterit tense of drive.

DROVE, noun

1. A collection of cattle driven; a number of animals, as oxen, sheep or swine, driven in a body. We speak of a herd of cattle, and a flock of sheep, when a number is collected; but properly a drove is a herd or flock driven. It is applicable to any species of brutes. Hence,

2. Any collection of irrational animals, moving or driving forward; as a finny drove

3. A crowd of people in motion.

Where droves, as at a city gate, may pass.

4. A road for driving cattle. [English.]