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driver

1. a mechanical component that exerts a force on another to produce motion
2. Golf a club, a No. 1 wood, with a large head and deep face for tee shots
3. Electronics a circuit whose output provides the input of another circuit
4. Computing a computer program that controls a device
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driver

[′drī·vər]
(computer science)
A sequence of program instructions that controls an input/output device such as a tape drive or disk drive.
(electronics)
The amplifier stage preceding the output stage in a receiver or transmitter.
(engineering acoustics)
The portion of a horn loudspeaker that converts electrical energy into acoustical energy and feeds the acoustical energy to the small end of the horn.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

driver

(operating system)

driver

(programming)
The main loop of an event-processing program; the code that gets commands and dispatches them for execution.

driver

(tool)
In the TeX world and the computerised typesetting world in general, a program that translates some device-independent or other common format to something a real device can actually understand.
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driver

(1) A loudspeaker. The terms "driver" and "speaker" are used synonymously; however, "the speaker has four drivers" means that the speaker enclosure contains four speakers.

(2) A hardware device (typically a transistor) that provides a signal or current to trigger some function. See line driver.

(3) Also called a "device driver," it is a program routine that links the operating system to a peripheral device. Written by programmers who understand the peripheral hardware's command language and characteristics, the driver contains the precise machine language necessary to perform the functions requested by the application.

The Driver Is the Interface
When a new peripheral device is added to the computer, such as a graphics card, its driver must be installed in order to use it. The application calls the operating system, the operating system calls the driver, and the driver makes the device work (it "drives" the device). Routines that perform internal functions, such as memory managers and disk caches, are also drivers.

Drivers Can Drive You Crazy!
Sometimes, the solution to a problem is to update a driver, because the current version has bugs. Hardware vendors are always releasing newer versions. For example, everything you see on screen is the result of the display driver (video driver) drawing the screen according to the commands that the operating system issues to it. Such drivers are extremely complex and can be error prone.

There Used to Be More Drivers
In the early days of DOS PCs, in order to provide complete control over the printing of a document, applications included a driver for each popular printer. That changed when Windows debuted because Windows included the printer drivers. All applications print through the OS, which commands the printer via the one driver for that particular printer. See filter driver and driver signing.


Windows Display Driver
To display something on screen, a Windows application makes calls to the Graphics Device Interface (GDI). GDI converts the calls to driver functions, and the driver commands the display adapter (graphics card).







PC Drivers
Every peripheral device requires a driver. The drivers provide the detailed instructions necessary to activate and control the device.


PC Drivers
Every peripheral device requires a driver. The drivers provide the detailed instructions necessary to activate and control the device.


PC Drivers
Every peripheral device requires a driver. The drivers provide the detailed instructions necessary to activate and control the device.
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Hitherto I had always been driven by people who at least knew how to drive; but in this place I was to get my experience of all the different kinds of bad and ignorant driving to which we horses are subjected; for I was a "job horse", and was let out to all sorts of people who wished to hire me; and as I was good-tempered and gentle, I think I was oftener let out to the ignorant drivers than some of the other horses, because I could be depended upon.
Then, as we flew along, the driver leaned forward, and on each side the passengers, craning over the edge of the coach, peered eagerly into the darkness.
The dogs were tired, the drivers grumbling, and to make matters worse, it snowed every day.
A black friend of the black driver is sitting on a fence.
'If you'll no' STAND me a dram,' said the driver, with a well-merited severity of tone and manner, 'I dare say ye'll have no objection to my taking one mysel'?'
They had now got half way between the two cities, and Charles took a seat by the side of the driver, with the intention, as he expressed himself, of stretching his legs: the carriage was open and light, so that all of the figures of the two young men could be seen by the ladies, as well as their conversation heard.
'I think I won't deprive you on it,' returned the driver, casting his eyes over it with no great favour, without taking it.
An Assamese driver, two or three elephants ahead, turned round angrily, crying: "Bring up Kala Nag, and knock this youngster of mine into good behavior.
'Forty-two,' replied the driver, eyeing him askant.
He was driving toward Pierre in a covered gig, sitting beside a young surgeon, and on recognizing Pierre he told the Cossack who occupied the driver's seat to pull up.
All the drivers were more or less the worse for merry-making, and the groom was absorbed in his bride.
Don't take this little accident too much to heart, good driver. We ought to be thankful that none of our necks are broken."