verb [T] drove, driven
1 to provide the power to keep a machine working, or to make something happen:
The engine drives the wheels.
Water drives the turbines which produce electricity.
2 If you drive a ball, you hit it hard so that it travels a long way:
Slater drove the ball down the fairway.
Only 31% of Americans surveyed said they wanted a device with multiple capabilities, and that dropped to 27% in Japan. Demand was highest in Mexico, where 79% said they would like one converged device, with 72% in Malaysia and Brazil, 70% in India and 65% in the Philippines, although the mobile markets in these countries are driven by very cheap or free handsets.
…"The simple truth: convergence is a compromise driven by financial limitations, not aspiration. In the markets where multiple devices are affordable, the vast majority would prefer that to one device fits all," Mr Smith added.
'iPhone set to struggle'
Friday June 29, 2007
Editorial: Public Funding on the Ropes
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(Informal) a person or thing regarded as useless or unable to cope.
Etymology: early 20th cent.: originally slang denoting a soldier who had lost all four limbs, thus unable to move independently.
Idioms: on the ropes
On the verge of defeat or collapse, helpless, as in They acknowledged that their campaign was on the ropes, and they could not possibly win the election.
This expression, alluding to a boxer forced back to the ropes of the ring and leaning against them for support, has been used figuratively since the mid-1900s.
describes someone who is so determined to achieve something or be successful that all their behaviour is directed towards this aim:
Like most of the lawyers that I know, Rachel is driven.
The new ships, propelled by gas turbines, require less maintenance than older, steam-driven ones.
The fact remains that there are some public services that cannot be entirely market-driven (= controlled by economic forces).
Market-driven 由市場供需決定的；市場是主導力（driving force）
Market-driven Quality --1990年代IBM的品質活動
A computer that is menu-driven is operated by making choices from different menus rather than by giving separate instructions on a keyboard.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
menu driven program /system 選單驅動程式/系統
data driven 資料驅動
data driven analysis/ attack/ machine /DSS 資料驅動 分析/攻擊/機/決策支援系統
data-driven process/processing 資料驅動處理/ 處理
message driven program/ processing 訊息驅動程式/處理
model-driven inference/method 模型驅動的推理/方法